The Ins and Outs of Radiation Therapy

New brochure walks cancer patients through every step of therapy

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FRIDAY, May 7, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Patients facing radiation therapy for cancer now have a new tool to help them make informed decisions.

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) has published a new patient information brochure that walks patients through every step of radiation therapy, from preparing for treatment to recovery afterward.

The booklet talks about the different types of radiation therapy, lists questions to keep in mind when meeting with a radiation oncologist, and provides a glossary of terms relating to cancer and radiation therapy.

"A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming, and we hope that this booklet can be a source of comfort and knowledge to help them to develop a better understanding of their treatment options," ASTRO spokeswoman Dr. Francine Halberg said in a prepared statement.

The 28-page brochure is titled "Radiation Therapy for Cancer: Facts to Help Patients Make an Informed Decision," and can be viewed online.

More information

The National Cancer Institute has more about radiation therapy.

SOURCES: American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, news release, May 4, 2004

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