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Radiation therapy is a conventional treatment that uses high-energy X-ray waves to destroy cancer cells by damaging their DNA.

Radiation physicist is a scientist with an advanced degree in the study of radiation who works with the radiation oncologist to design and implement the course of treatment. The radiation physicist also makes sure that the radiation technology functions properly and that the treatment is administered accurately.

Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment that uses an electrode or needle to deliver electrical energy directly to a tumor, raising its temperature and destroying cancerous cells.

Recurrence is the return of cancer after a period of remission, usually a year or longer. Recurrence may occur in the same place as the original cancer, called local recurrence, in nearby tissues or lymph nodes, called regional recurrence, or in a new area of the body, called distant recurrence.

Reiki is a complementary therapy developed in Japan that is based on the concept of Qi, or vital energy. A Reiki healer lightly touches the person receiving treatment to send a spontaneous flow of healing pulsations, restoring balance to the body.

Remission is the period following treatment when tests show that cancer is no longer in the body, though some undetectable cancer cells may remain.

Respite care is a service that provides temporary relief or time off for caregivers as a break from their duties or to look after other responsibilities.

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