Total Body Irradiation (TBI)

Total body irradiation (TBI) is used to prepare a patient for bone marrow transplant.

Total body irradiation (TBI) gives a dose of radiation to the entire body destroying cancerous cells. In the process, bone marrow is completely destroyed as well. A new harvest of bone marrow that no longer contains cancer cells is then transplanted into the patient. TBI treatment is closely coordinated with the bone marrow transplant team and with medical oncologists who administer the appropriate chemotherapy and supportive medications.

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Radiation can be used as a stand-alone treatment, and often it is the only treatment needed. Radiation is also used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and other targeted therapies. For example, doctors can use radiation before surgery to shrink a tumor or after surgery to stop the growth of remaining cancer cells.

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