Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. It is more effective against solid tumors than blood cancers like leukemia, but it may be used in special circumstances.
If radiation therapy is used to treat leukemia, it is done with external beam radiation. In external beam radiation therapy, radiation is produced by a machine positioned outside the body. Short bursts of x-rays are directed at specific areas. The radiation oncologist will direct the radiation beam to affect as much cancer as possible.
Radiation therapy may be used in leukemia treatment to:
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 10/2017 -
- Update Date: 02/04/2016 -