Radiation Therapy for Metastatic Cancer
Radiation therapy is used to treat metastatic cancer painlessly and noninvasively. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to metastatic lesions in the brain, lungs, liver and bones safely and effectively. Side effects are usually minimal, and most patients return to routine activities immediately after each treatment. Radiation therapy serves as an effective treatment for metastatic lesions throughout the body, working within cancer cells to damage their ability to multiply. The goal of radiation therapy for metastatic cancer is to control pain, alleviate symptoms, improve quality of life and extend life expectancy. In some cases, radiation therapy can help you live longer with your cancer.