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How does radiation therapy work in fallopian tube cancer treatment?

Fallopian tube cancer is usually treated with surgery and chemotherapy, although radiation therapy may be used as well. Unlike chemotherapy, which is a given intravenously and can affect the whole body, radiation therapy can be targeted to a specific location. Radiation works by damaging the tumor cell DNA. Tumor cells generally grow and divide at a faster rate than normal cells, so they are more susceptible to DNA damage than are normal cells. Thus, while this form of treatment does damage normal cells, too, it is more toxic to cancer cells.

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