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  • Radiotherapy is the use of precisely targeted x-rays to destroy cancer cells while reducing the impact of radiation on healthy cells.
  • Almost all side effects will disappear once radiotherapy treatment is completed.
  • Radiotherapy can be administered by a variety of machines and devices, depending on which body part is affected, and the type and stage of the tumour.
  • The two main types of radiotherapy are external and internal.

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Reviewed on: 30-08-2013