Video: Chemotherapy vs. Radiation

In this week’s episode of “What Does That Really Mean?”, Patient Advocate and R.N. Karen Selby discusses the differences in chemotherapy and radiation.


“Hi my name is Karen Selby, a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center. Welcome to this week’s “What Does That Really Mean?” Today we’ll be discussing two types of treatment used for cancer, radiation and chemotherapy.

Ionizing radiation is usually used for most types of solid nodule tumors. It works by damaging the DNA of affected tissue, which will promote cellular death of the cancer cell. Ionizing radiation is usually used with other types of treatment, such as chemotherapy, and it can also be used to prevent the cancer from spreading to other areas. A patient will usually receive a series of consecutive treatments of radiation to the affected area.

Chemotherapy is used by using a chemical to be administered intravenously either in the arm or just below the skin in the chest area; a physician may place a port to administer the chemotherapy. Another way the chemotherapy may be administered is through surgery if the physician finds it necessary to do a chemo bath.

Now you know the difference between chemotherapy and radiation. If you have any questions about these two, please call us at 800-615-2270.

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