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Concurrent Chemo-Radiation

  • What is Concurrent Chemo-Radiation?

    Chemotherapy (also known as cytotoxic drugs) is the name given to drugs that destroy cancer cells.

    Radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy) is the name given to the high-energy X-rays that are used to destroy cancer cells.

    When chemotherapy and radiation therapy are given at the same time to treat the cancer, this procedure is called concurrent chemo-radiation therapy.

  • Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy is used to treat tumours, also known as solid tumours, that are in one of the organs of the body (ie. lung or liver). The aim of this treatment is to destroy the tumour cells while protecting the healthy tissues of the organ. It is also used to prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the body.

    Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy is also used to treat the invisible spread of cancer cells. The cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body are called ‘malignant’ cells. This therapy is often given after surgery to improve the chance of curing the cancer.

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