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Reply was posted 09/30/1998 04:06 pm by David T.
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Radiation kills fast growing cells like cancer (unfortunately, fast growing non-cancer cells too). Chemo does also. Often radiation and chemo are given together as a double attack on cancer. Where a specific tumor can be seen and targeted, radiation will kill cancer cells and decrease the tumor size, thus reducing pain with minimal side effects. Radiation of the pancreatic bed is also sometimes given after whipple surgery to kill any residual cancer cells that can't be seen. Some chemos enhance the ability of radiation to kill cancer cells and, thus, will be given at the same time as radiation. I, as others, had both chemo and radiation following whipple surgery.

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