Radiotherapy is a common form of anti-cancer treatment that beams high-energy radiation particles directly onto cancer cells. The procedure destroys cancer cells using sophisticated computer targeting systems.
Chemotherapy, also known as cytotoxic drugs, is the name given to drugs that destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be given together with radiation to enhance the effectiveness of radiation treatment.
In some cases, chemotherapy is given together with radiation to enhance the effectiveness of radiation treatment. This is known as concurrent chemo-radiation therapy.
Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy is typically used to cure cancer. This form of treatment may be appropriate if your cancer:
Concurrent chemo-radiation therapy may also be used as a preventive treatment after surgery for some cancers.
Concurrent chemo-radiation intensifies the possible side effects of both chemotherapy and radiation therapy such as: