How is radiation therapy used to treat melanoma?

If melanoma has reached an advanced stage and cannot be completely removed through surgery, your doctor may suggest radiation therapy. This type of treatment involves the use of doses of X-rays to destroy cancer cells and help reduce symptoms. The rays are directed specifically to the parts of the body affected by melanoma. Usually, treatment is given several days a week for many weeks.

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