How effective is radiation therapy in treating cancer?

Afshin Rashtian, MD
Radiation Oncology
Cancer pain is very effectively treated with radiation therapy, says Afshin Rashtian, MD, of Riverside Community Hospital. In this video, he explains how this treatment reduces pain.
Mark A. O'Rourke, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Very effective, but it is not for every cancer or every person with cancer.
The three main types of cancer treatment are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. For some men with early prostate cancer, radiation therapy can be a very effective treatment all by itself. Frequently, two or three types of therapy are used together. For example, in early breast cancer, surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation therapy is very effective at controlling cancer. For lung cancer, the best treatment sometimes includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy and the results are excellent.
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