Radiation Therapy

Specialized techniques to tackle cancer

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses electromagnetic waves to kill cancer cells. It can be used before surgery to shrink tumors, after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells or as a standalone treatment. Radiation therapy is often used in combination with other treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Who is a candidate for radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy may be an option for people with certain types of cancer. To decide if radiation therapy is right for you, your doctor will consider several factors, including:

In general, radiation therapy is most effective for treating cancers that are localized to a specific area of the body. It isn't typically recommended for people with widespread or metastatic cancer because radiation therapy treats cancer cells in a very targeted area.

If you aren't sure whether radiation therapy is right for you, talk to your doctor. They can help you understand the risks and benefits of treatment and make the best decision for your individual situation.

What to expect in radiation therapy?

Before the treatment

  • A radiation therapist will meet with you to discuss your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.
  • You may be asked to sign a consent form before starting treatment.
  • You will be given instructions on how to prepare for your treatment, such as fasting or avoiding certain medications.

During the treatment

  • You will lie on a treatment table and the radiation therapist will position the radiation machine.
  • The radiation machine will deliver a beam of radiation to the targeted area of your body.
  • You may feel a warm sensation or mild discomfort during treatment, but this shouldn't be painful.
  • Each treatment session typically lasts 15–30 minutes.

After the treatment

  • You may experience some side effects after treatment, such as fatigue, skin irritation, headache or hair loss.
  • These side effects are usually temporary and will go away after treatment is completed.
  • Your radiation therapist will track you for side effects and will recommend ways to manage them.
  •  You will be given instructions on how to care for yourself after treatment.

Benefits of radiation therapy

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, radiation therapy is a powerful treatment option that should be considered. Here are some of the main benefits of radiation therapy that can improve the lives of patients:

  • Reduced tumor size. Radiation therapy can effectively shrink tumors, making them less likely to spread and cause further damage to surrounding tissues. This can be especially beneficial for patients with inoperable tumors or those that are difficult to remove surgically.
  • Improved quality of life. By shrinking tumors and diminishing symptoms such as pain, bleeding and difficulty breathing, radiation therapy can significantly improve quality of life. This can make it easier to participate in daily activities and enjoy time with loved ones.
  • Increased survival rates. Radiation therapy can cure some types of cancer, and can be used to improve survival rates with more advanced stages of cancer. By killing cancer cells and preventing them from spreading, radiation therapy can help patients live longer, healthier lives.

Advanced technology

Our radiation therapy department is equipped with the latest advancements in radiation therapy technology, including the TrueBeam system and the Elekta Infinity linear accelerator. These systems deliver precise and targeted radiation doses to tumors while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Patient-centered care

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, which is why we offer a patient-centered approach to care. Our team of radiation oncologists, nurses and support staff work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.

Comprehensive services

We offer a variety of radiation therapy services, including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and proton therapy. These specialized techniques allow us to treat a wide range of cancers with greater precision and effectiveness.

Experienced team

Our team of radiation oncologists and physicists have extensive experience in delivering safe and effective radiation therapy. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and staying up-to-date on the latest advancements in radiation therapy. Their accreditations include:

  • American College of Radiology (ACR) for radiation oncology and radiation services
  • American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO)

Convenient locations

We offer services at multiple locations throughout the region to make it convenient for patients to receive the care they need close to home.