Radiation therapy is a method used to kill cancer cells. The goal is to try and kill as much cancer as possible. It tends to work best when used with other treatments such as
chemotherapy. It may be used to kill any cancer cells left behind after surgery. Rarely, it may be used for people who can’t have surgery.
External beam radiation is used to treat bladder cancer. Radiation is made by a machine outside the body. Short bursts are aimed at the cancer.
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