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Radiation Therapy for Melanoma

When melanoma has spread to the brain, bones, or other parts of the body, radiation therapy may be used as a treatment option. With this option, high-energy rays are aimed at the body using a large machine. Side effects from the radiation therapy can vary, depending on the amount of radiation given and the area being treated.

An Overview of Treating Melanoma With Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy for melanoma uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. With this form of melanoma treatment, a large machine directs radiation at the body. The patient will usually receive treatment at a hospital or clinic, five days a week, for several weeks.
 

When Is Radiation Therapy Recommended?

Radiation therapy for melanoma may be used to help control melanoma that has spread to the brain, bones, and other parts of the body. It may shrink the tumor and help relieve symptoms.
 

What Are the Side Effects?

The side effects of melanoma radiation therapy will depend on the amount of radiation given and the area being treated. Side effects that may occur in the treated area include red or dry skin and hair loss. Radiation therapy also may cause fatigue. Although the side effects can be unpleasant, the doctor can usually treat or control them. And, in most cases, side effects are not permanent.
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