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How is radiation therapy used to treat squamous cell carcinoma?

In some cases, doctors may choose to treat squamous cell carcinoma with radiation therapy. In this procedure, doses of high-energy radiation (like x-rays) are used to destroy cancerous cells. Usually, this type of treatment is used for very large or deep tumors, or for tumors in areas where surgery would be difficult, such as the ears and eyelids. This is also a useful treatment for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas. Talk to your doctor to determine whether radiation may be a good treatment option for you.

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