Radiation therapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
Also known as radiotherapy, radiation therapy uses targeted radiation to kill cancer cells or damage them so they cannot grow, multiply or spread. The radiation is usually in the form of x-ray beams.
Radiation therapy is not often used for AML. However, it may be recommended for AML that has spread, or is likely to spread, to the brain and spine. It is also sometimes given to the whole body (total body irradiation) before a stem cell transplant.
For more on this, see Radiation therapy.
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