Radiation Therapy for Cancer
Radiation therapy is that type of cancer treatment which utilizes beams of intense energy in high doses to kill the cancer-causing cells by causing its shrinkage in the body. Radiation therapy is normally used in low doses in the form of X-rays, although protons or other types of energy can also be used for the same.
Radiation therapy also known as radiotherapy causes damage to the cells by destroying the genetic material which controls the cell growth and division. During radiation therapy, both healthy as well as cancerous cells get damaged. Hence, the main goal of this therapy is to destroy a lesser number of normal cells. Normal cells have the tendency to trigger the repair of the damage caused during radiation therapy.
What are the different types of radiation therapy for cancer?
There are two main types of radiation therapy for cancer which includes external beam and an internal beam.
- The type of radiation therapy for cancer mainly depends upon several factors like:
- The type of cancer since this is the first thing to identify
- The presence or location of cancer and its size in the body and which adjacent organs can affected
- Overall health, age, and medical history of the person
Why is there a need for radiation therapy for cancer?
Radiation therapy is an effective method of treating several cancers and it helps in easing symptoms.
Radiation therapy cancer helps not just in treating several types of cancer by slowing its growth and finally stopping its growth but also prevents relapse in the future.
Radiation therapy is also used in several cases to just ease the symptoms which are known as a palliative treatment therapy. External beam radiation shrinks the tumors and helps to relieve pain and other related symptoms like breathing problems, bladder, and bowel related problems, etc. Radiation therapy drugs also are known as radiopharmaceuticals help in treating cancer-related pain which has already spread to the bone and other regions.
How much is the cost of radiation therapy for cancer?
Radiation therapy for cancer is an expensive procedure though effective one. India has several equipped hospitals in different cities which provide effective as well as economic radiation therapy for cancer of several types. Radiation therapy for cancer might cost approximately between Rs 30,000 to Rs 20,000,00. Although, an exact cost might only be calculated after a complete analysis of the cancer type.
It involves usage of high technology-based latest complex machines along with well-experienced staff and specialized doctors to handle all sorts of cancer cases.
The exact cost mainly depends upon the type of radiation therapy involved and its frequency to treat cancer. Several types of financial assistance are offered by many hospitals and online portals and even insurance does cover a partial amount of the total amount involved in the radiation therapy procedure.
Every year a huge number of people gets treated effectively with radiation therapy for cancer. It is used for treating almost every type of cancer. Radiation therapy is effective in treating several noncancerous or benign tumors. Several people with different types of tumor receive radiation therapy for cancer as a main part of the whole treatment. Indian hospitals every year treat several international patients who come as medical tourists and gets treated for their cancer.
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