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Leavitt 1 Emilie Leavitt Mr. Jones 3A Chemistry 2 November 2017 Radiation Therapy On an everyday basis, radiation is used throughout the earth. Radiation can be used in hospitals to help treat cancer and kill cancer cells. Whether to use radiation therapy or Chemotherapy when treating cancer is a very controversial topic throughout the United States today. Many people argue that one is better than the other. Radiation Therapy or radiotherapy is a therapy using ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is a process where drugs are used to treat cancer. Both ways of treating cancer have pros and cons. A common occurring problem with radiation therapy is fatigue and skin problems after the cancer has been treated. Chemotherapy also has common occurring problems which can lead to long-term effects on the brain, and spinal injuries. I believe that radiation therapy is the best way to treat areas of the body with cancer. “Radiation is when excess energy is released. This process happens when unstable atoms become stable. This happens to radioactive materials. There are three common types of radiation emissions. They are alpha particles, beta particles, and Gamma rays. Alpha particles can be dangerous if they are inhaled or ingested. Beta particles can be very dangerous to your health if they are ingested or inhaled. The most severe type of radiation emission is through Gamma rays.” As stated by, in the article “What is Radiation.” Radiation therapy uses high energy particles or waves like X- rays, gamma rays, electron beams, or protons to kill cancer cells.
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