Radiation treatment can be used to fight cancers almost anywhere in the body. A special device called a linear accelerator delivers radiation, which destroys cancer cells and prevents them from dividing and spreading. Depending on the type of cancer being treated, the stage of the cancer, and your medical history, radiation treatment can be a safe and effective way to help fight your cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. Whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, understanding how it works and what to expect in treatment may help alleviate anxiety.
The following types of cancer are most commonly treated with radiation: