Scarring of the lungs from radiation. Radiation fibrosis is a consequence of the repair process that follows radiation pneumonitis (inflammation of the lungs due to radiation), as from radiation therapy. Radiation fibrosis typically occurs within months to a few years after the completion of radiation treatments. Whereas the inflammation of radiation pneumonitis is often reversible with medications, radiation fibrosis is usually irreversible and permanent.
- Radiation menopause
Menopause induced by radiation.
- Radiation oncologist
A physician whose specialty is the use of radiation therapy as a treatment for cancer.
- Radiation oncology
The medical specialty that is involved in the use of radiation (X-rays, gamma rays, or electrons) to treat cancer.
- Radiation therapy
The use of high-energy rays to damage cancer cells, stopping them from growing and dividing. Like surgery, radiation therapy is a local treatment that affects cancer cells only in the treated area. Radiation can come from a machine (external radiation) or from a small container of radioactive material implanted directly into or near a tumor […]
- Radiation therapy, 3-D
A procedure that uses computers to create a 3-dimensional picture of the tumor in order to target it as accurately as possible and give it the highest possible dose of radiation while sparing normal tissue as much as possible. Also known as targeted radiation therapy and as conformal or conformational radiation therapy. Conventional radiation therapy […]