Med’s Corey Speers notes that oncologists are trying to use less radiation when treating cancer

Radiation, a mainstay of cancer treatment, begins a fade-out
STAT NewsCorey Speers, a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, noted that oncologists are trying to use less radiation, which has long been one of the main pillars of cancer therapy. In some cases, they are even keeping certain patients with low-risk tumors off radiation entirely. “We are in an era of radiation omission or de-escalation,” he said. “Radiation is perhaps one of the most precise and most effective cancer therapies we have, so it will always play an important role in cancer management, but there are situations now on an individual patient basis where radiation may not be needed.”