Radiation is a type of radiotherapy used for the treatment of cancer. High-powered radiation is aimed at cancer cells to destroy them. The use of radiation to treat cancer depends on the stage of the disease, the type of cancer, and the health of the patient.
The locations and types of cancers that can be targeted with radiation are as follows:
- Head and neck – nasal and sinus cancer, nasal cancer, oral cancer, neck cancer, laryngeal cancer, and salivary gland and thyroid cancer
- Chest - lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lymphoma, and breast cancer
- Abdomen - stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, and lymphoma
- Lower abdomen - colon cancer, bladder cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, and prostate cancer
- Linear Accelerator (LINAC)