T he Radiation treatment can sound intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. External beam radiation, the most common type used in cancer treatment, takes just a few minutes per session. During that time, a machine called a linear accelerator aims a beam of high-energy X-rays at cancer tumors. The beam damages the DNA of cancer cells, killing them while leaving healthy tissues intact.

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The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship says you are a cancer survivor from your day of diagnosis through the rest of your life.
Not everyone identifies personally with the term “survivor,” but the concept of survivorship is far-ranging and inclusive.
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More than 59,000 people worldwide die each year from metastatic malignant melanoma. For almost half a century, this aggressive disease has been resistant to radiation.
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Smoking (including secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco, sometimes called “chewing tobacco” or “snuff”) is the number one risk factor
for getting head and neck cancer. And people who use both tobacco and alcohol are many times more likely to get head and neck cancer than people with neither
habit. Research has also shown that continued smoking by a patient with head and neck cancer may reduce the
effectiveness of treatment and increase the chance of a second primary cancer.

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We often associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with wars, natural disasters, and other life-threatening events. But posttraumatic
stress (PTS), a less severe form, can occur at any time during or after cancer treatment, from diagnosis onward, and it can also strike parents of
childhood cancer survivors.

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