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Last modified: 12 January 2013

Radiation therapy

The aim of radiation is to stop the ability of degenerated cells to divide and thus to prevent further growth of the tumour. Unlike many tumours, radiated healthy cells have the ability to repair the damage caused by the radiation, with the result that the radiation has a far greater effect on the tumour than on the surrounding healthy organs. It is important to know that no radioactive substances penetrate into the body during radiation therapy.

With multiple myeloma, radiation therapy is used above all for treating bone pains. In addition, radiation therapy can prevent bone fractures in supporting bone sections. Existing bone fractures can be stabilised using radiation.

Acute side effects, such as reddening of the skin, are rare. Various further side effects can occur depending on the area subjected to radiation. You should discuss these individually with your radio-oncologist and you should also discuss the form of radiation to be used in your case.