Cancer and Healthy Cells Essay

Submitted By RolandoMedina1
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Radiation Therapy or Radiotherapy is one of the many treatments to cure cancer, It uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. It works by breaking a piece of the DNA molecule inside the cancer cell, which keeps the cell from growing, dividing, and spreading. The radiation used for this treatment may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near tumor cells or injected into the bloodstream. It is one of the efficient ways to kill cancer cells. I am not against this treatment because for the past few decades we can’t find ways to cure cancer and now we discovered this technology which is a great benefit for us today.

It’s very hard to destroy cancer cells without damaging some healthyl cells therefore radiation therapy gives enough radiation to destroy cancer cells in your body so that healthy cells can recover. This treatment destroys cancer cells but also healthy cells but it is not a long-term side effect because it only focuses the radiation to a certain part of the body that needs to be radiated unlike Chemotherapy that spreads throughout the body, which can result in a number of side effects.
Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells that divide quickly, thus helping to stop the spread of cancer at the tumor site and reducing the risk of cancer scattering throughout the body. When treatment is started early, radiation therapy can be very effective in stopping cancer. Following surgery, radiation therapy can destroy any remaining cancer cells around the site of the tumor that surgery could not remove.
Preoperative radiation therapy can kill tumor cells at margins of the tumor site. It can keep the cancer under control and prevent metastasis, and also convert technically inoperable tumors into operable ones.Thus increasing the chance of curing cancer and prevent the spreading of it.
Radiation therapy can retain the organ that has cancer cells on it because it can just radiate that specific organ to destroy the cancer cells and when the cells are dead the organ can function normally rather than having surgery which remove the organ but not having full security that the cancer cells are dead.

Radiotherapy have side effects but most of them are temporary. Fatigue is the most common side effect of radiotherapy , you can feel more tired than usual but it is not a major problem. There are ways to lessen tiredness while undergoing radiotherapy, have enough sleep, take a nap during the day , try not to use lot of energy are examples of it.
Another thing is hair loss, you can experience hair loss on the part which is being