When it is not possible to destroy all of the cancer, doctors may use radiation therapy to shrink tumors and relieve symptoms. Palliative radiation therapy may reduce pressure, pain, and other symptoms. More than half of people with cancer receive some type of radiation therapy.
Implants may be permanent or temporary and may require a hospital stay.
Types of internal radiation therapy include: Permanent implants.
A radiation therapy regimen, or schedule, usually consists of a specific number of treatments given over a set period of time.
Radiation oncologists use this type of treatment to destroy cancer cells and slow tumor growth without harming nearby healthy tissue.
As a result, visitors should follow these safety measures: Permanent implants remain radioactive after the patient leaves the hospital.