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Radiotherapy is the use of radiation to treat conditions such as cancer. The most common technique exposes tumors to high energy photons (x-rays) and/or electrons while sparing normal tissues. Other uses are to prepare a patient for organ transplantation by suppressing immune response and to calm muscle twitches. The therapy can be delivered from the outside (external beam radiotherapy), by radioactive implants placed in the body (brachytherapy), or during surgery (interoperative). Other types of radiotherapy such as proton therapy and neutron therapy -- available at very limited centers -- have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages.
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American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) - Medical society site for members and non-members provides current and updated information relating to radiation oncology including news releases. Hyperthermia-based Oncology - Dr. Bogovic - Effects of hyperthermia on specific cancer therapies. Covers theory, holistic, alternative, biologic support for cancer treatment, consultations, news, multidrug resistance (MDR), and chemotherapy modifications. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group - The NCI-funded RTOG runs nationwide cancer treatment studies that allows results from multiple clinics to be collected en masse. Medical Image Display and Analysis (MIDAG) - This team at the University of North Carolina researches the uses of medical images in everything from virtual biopsies to radiotherapy to brain surgery. University of North Carolina Radiation Oncology - This tertiary care clinic is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The site lists staff, resources for cancer patients and their families, clinical treatments, education and training opportunities, research, clinical trials, seminars and events. The clinic is associated with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. CancerAblation - is dedicated to the treatment of cancer by Radiofrequency Ablation. Beampoint - Product enhances external beam placement during prostate cancer treatment, thereby lowering the risk of radiation complications in adjacent organs. Accuray - Manufactures and sells the CyberKnife, a non-invasive frameless radiosurgical device that enables stereotactic radiosurgery anywhere in the body using image-guided robotics. Gamma Knife Surgery in Michigan - Describes Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery for brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations, acoustic neuroma and trigeminal neuralgia at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, Michigan. Includes information on clinical outcomes, lodging and transportation. Cutting Field IMRT - A discussion of the technical merits of a new external beam method, and its use in clinical cases. Radiation Therapy for Cancer: Questions and Answers - Up-to-date and reliable information for patients on radiotherapy provided by the National Cancer Institute. Vanderbilt Center for Radiation Oncology - Vanderbilt researches basic and medical physics science, develops clinical techniques, interacts with industry and develops new radiotherapy facilities throughout the Nashville, Tennessee region. Johns Hopkins University: Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences - Dedicated to the advancement of cancer treatment through radiation therapy, research, and technology. The Radiosurgery Society - Provides patient information and brings together professionals to foster the exchange of clinical radiosurgery information.
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