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Radiation therapy for adrenal gland cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. Radiation may be used for adrenal gland cancer:

  • to relieve pain or to control the symptoms of advanced adrenal gland cancer (palliative radiation therapy)
  • after surgery or chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells left behind and to reduce the risk of the cancer recurring (adjuvantadjuvantTreatment given in addition to the first-line therapy (the first or standard treatment) to help reduce the risk of a disease (such as cancer) coming back (recurring). radiation therapy)

The amount of radiation given during treatment, and when and how it is given, will be different for each person.

External beam radiation therapy

Bone metastases from adrenal gland cancer may be treated with external beam radiation therapy. A machine directs radiation to the tumour and some of the surrounding tissue.

Targeted radiation therapy

Targeted therapy means the cancer treatment is delivered directly to the cancer cell (the target). Targeted radiation therapy is given by attaching radioactive material (radioisotope) to an agent that binds to receptors on the cancer cell. This allows the radiation to be delivered directly to the cancer cell and limits its effects on normal cells.

  • 131I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (131I-MIBG) is a radioisotope that may be used to treat malignant pheochromocytomas that have spread to other parts of the body.

See a list of questions to ask your doctor about radiation therapy.


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