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Parathyroid cancer

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Radiation therapy for parathyroid cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy has no established role in treating parathyroid cancer.

Occasionally, radiation may be used after surgery 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

When radiation therapy is given after surgery for parathyroid cancer, external beam radiation therapy is used. A machine directs radiation to the area from where the tumour was removed and some of the surrounding tissue.


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