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Radiation therapy for leukaemia

The radiation therapy treatment location, and the dose you receive, depend on several factors, such as your specific leukaemia diagnosis and your symptoms.

Your treatments may be combined with other therapies, like immunotherapy and chemotherapy, to prevent new cancer cells growing.

How is radiation therapy for leukaemia used?

Radiation therapy for leukaemia is used to help destroy leukaemia cells.

It can also help to relieve pain or discomfort caused by:

  • An enlarged liver or spleen
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Bone damage caused by leukaemia cells growing in the bone marrow

Sometimes, radiation therapy is given in low doses just before a stem cell transplant.

Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma

Radiation therapy uses focused, high-energy X-rays or particles that pass through the tissues of the body to reach and destroy cancer cells.

It can treat areas of bone damaged by myeloma that haven’t responded to chemotherapy and are causing pain.

It’s also the most common treatment for ‘solitary plasmacytomas’ which is the name given to a single mass of abnormal blood cells.

How is radiation therapy for multiple myeloma used?

The type of radiation therapy most often used to treat multiple myeloma is called external beam radiation therapy.

This treatment is aimed at the cancer from a machine outside the body.

Having radiation therapy is like having an X-ray – except that each treatment lasts longer, and the treatments can continue for several weeks.

Radiation therapy for lymphoma

Because lymphomas are very sensitive to radiation, they require a much lower dose than what’s used on other cancers (eg breast or prostate cancer). Lymphomas also respond well to radiation – and if you’re diagnosed early (stage I or II) radiation may be the main treatment you receive.

Radiation therapy can also be given as a drug in some cases.

Advanced and aggressive lymphomas are sometimes treated with chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy.

How is radiation therapy for lymphoma used?

External beam radiation therapy is most commonly used to treat lymphoma.

Those receiving stem cell transplants may get radiation to the whole body, along with high-dose chemotherapy, to treat lymphoma cells throughout the body.

Radiation therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

When radiation therapy is used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it’s often done with a carefully focused beam of radiation.

This treatment is like getting an X-ray, but the radiation is more concentrated.

The procedure itself is painless. Before the treatments start, the radiation team determines the correct angles for aiming the radiation beams and the proper dose.

How is radiation therapy for lymphoma used?

Each treatment lasts only a few minutes, although the setup time – getting you in place for treatment – usually takes longer.

Most often, radiation treatments are given 5 days a week for several weeks.

Radiation therapy can also be used to ease symptoms caused by lymphoma that has spread to internal organs, such as the brain or spinal cord, or when a tumour is causing pain because it’s pressing on nerves.

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