Radiation therapy is the use of X-rays directed at a tumor.

This might be done externally (on the surface of the skin) or internally (inside the body). The energy may be high or low and targets only the bad tissue in order to preserve the good tissue.

Before radiation, talk with your provider if there is a desire to have children in the future. Decisions about fertility preservation options should be made before starting radiation treatment. Women need to let the healthcare team know if there is any possibility of being pregnant.

Ask your healthcare provider to discuss side effects that radiation therapy could bring for your type of cancer. Following treatment, report any side effects to your provider as soon as possible. Early medical care for side effects is very important.

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