The increased precision of radiation therapy further improves the quality of life of cancer patients


The specialist pointed out that in many cases this procedure prevents amputation.

dr Vanessa Marcial, radiation oncologist at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital Radiation Therapy Center.

the dr Vanessa MarcialRadiation oncologist at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital Radiation Therapy Center, explained that radiation therapy is becoming less and less invasive, comparing it to a surgical procedure because of the precision of this way of treating cancerous tumors today.

“The treatment we perform is done with a high-intensity device that works like a knife-less surgery and usually doesn’t affect other areas in the area. Contrary to what many people think, it’s nuclear medicine, but it’s not,” he explained.

He added that the radiologists at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital have implemented strategies aimed at minimizing the effects of radiation therapy on sensitive organs near the area where the rays are aimed.

It is important to note that at high doses, radiation therapy destroys the cancer cells or it slows their growth by damaging their DNA. the cancer cells whose DNA is irreparably damaged stop dividing or die. When damaged cells die, they are broken down and eliminated from the body.

Radiation therapy does not destroy immediately cancer cells. It takes days or weeks of treatment before the DNA is damaged enough to kill the cells. cancer cells. Then the cancer cells Continue dying weeks or months after completion of radiation therapy.

dr Marcial pointed out that thanks to the work of the radiotherapy center, they have been able to help several patients avoid amputations, “for example, in the case of breast cancer, women consider amputation to be the best option, but that is not always the case. “.

The doctor cited a study in which European researchers found that better results were found in a significant number of patients who did not remove their breast, we know there are exceptions, but that figure of 13,000 patients.

The specialist pointed out that this procedure is also aimed at patients with cancer of the anus and lower rectum, in which radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery are combined.

In this case, the types of radiation therapy are external radiation therapy and internal radiation therapy and it all depends on the type of radiation therapy that the patient may need and depends on many factors such as:

*The type of cancer

*Tumor size

*The location of the tumor in the body

*How close the tumor is to normal radiation-sensitive tissue

*Your general health and medical history

*If you are receiving another cancer treatment

*Other factors such as your age and other medical conditions

He reminded that most types of radiation therapy do not reach all parts of the body, meaning they are not helpful in treating cancer that has spread to many parts of the body.

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