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Nearly two-thirds of cancer patients in the United States are treated with radiation, either alone or combined with chemotherapy and surgery. With advances in technology, doctors are now able to give more powerful doses with pinpoint accuracy, targeting only the tumors and sparing nearby healthy tissue. Dr. Mohan Suntha, associate director of clinical affairs at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, explains that these advances in radiation therapy translate into better cure rates and fewer side effects for cancer patients.
In this interview with Karen Warmkessel, Dr. Suntha, who is also a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, describes the different types of radiation therapy, including image-guided radiosurgery, Mammosite for breast cancer and radioactive implants such as SIR-Spheres to treat cancer that has spread to the liver and radioactive seeds for prostate cancer.
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