Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. Radiation may be used for mesothelioma:
The amount of radiation given during treatment, and when and how it is given, will be different for each person.
Mesothelioma is usually treated with external beam radiation therapy. A machine directs radiation to the tumour and some of the surrounding tissue.
A newer type of external beam radiation therapy, called intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), may be used to more accurately treat mesothelioma while reducing the amount of radiation to surrounding normal tissue. IMRT helps reduce side effects to normal tissue.
My favourite thing about Camp Goodtime is being able to hang out with other kids who have survived cancer. They know what is going on in your life and can help you get through it.
The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.