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Radiotherapy| treats leukaemia by using high-energy rays to destroy the leukaemia cells, while doing as little harm as possible to normal cells.
Radiotherapy is not often used to treat acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). However, if you need to have high-dose treatment with a stem cell transplant|, you may have a type of radiotherapy called total body irradiation (TBI)|. This is where radiotherapy is given to the whole body to destroy the bone marrow cells.
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2013
Next planned review: 2015
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