The latest radiation therapy techniques in combination with surgery and chemotherapy can now cure a number of tumour diseases, even in advanced stages.
The effect of radiation is based on the transfer of energy to the penetrated tissue. Hits on the genetic substance of the cells, in particular, double-strandbreaks, are responsible for the anti-tumour activity. Damage which exceeds the reparability of the tumour cells, prevent them from multiplying (mitosis) or destroy them. A crucial prerequisite for successful radiation therapy is the complete coverage of the tumour mass with as little normal surrounding tissue as possible. In order to create a corresponding radiation plan, computer tomography is now almost always used, occasionally in combination with other imaging methods after image fusion with MR or PET data, to generate a three-dimensional model of the radiation region on the computer.
Radiation therapy and chemotherapy mutually reinforce each other. Many potentially curable tumours in patients in good general health are therefore treated with both methods simultaneously or sequentially for the purpose of cancer treatment, which is described as radiochemotherapy.
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