Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy particles or rays to damage cancer cells and prevent them from growing. Other names for radiation therapy include radiotherapy, x-ray therapy, and irradiation. Although some normal cells may be affected by radiation, the cells most susceptible to damage by radiation are fast-dividing cells such as those in the bone marrow and lining the digestive tract. Most normal cells appear to recover fully from the effects of the treatment. Low dose radiation therapy is often used to treat bone tumors in multiple myeloma patients.
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