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FAQ about Radiation Therapy

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Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high-powered energy beams, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy is used in an attempt to cure cancer, control cancer growth, or relieve symptoms caused by the tumor, such as pain.

Click on this link for answers to the frequently asked questions below:


  • How does radiation therapy work?
  • How is radiation therapy given?
  • What are the different types of external beam radiation therapies (EBRTs)?
  • When is radiation therapy used in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment?
  • When is radiation therapy given in small cell lung cancer treatment?
  • What are the common side effects of radiation therapy?
  • What’s new in lung cancer radiation therapy research?
  • Questions to ask your healthcare team about radiation therapy

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