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Oncological Radiation Process in the Family

  • By: Rajiv Samant & Tara Tucker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the developed world. According to Cancer Research UK, one in three individuals will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is also a growing problem in the developing world, and there is great concern about the impact it will have on individuals and their families in the 21st century. The management of cancer has advanced remarkably over the last 2 decades, and radiation therapy, or radiotherapy as it is often termed, is an integral part of cancer treatment. It is estimated that at least 50% to 60% of all individuals with cancer can potentially benefit from such treatment. Therefore, it is especially important for these individuals and their families to be aware of radiotherapy because ...

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