Radiation Oncology Services
Radiation therapy represents an important tool for the treatment of most types of cancer, and even several noncancerous tumors.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer each year and more than one-half of these patients will receive radiation as part of their treatment course. There are different ways to deliver radiation including external beam treatment, or Brachytherapy (the placement of permanent or temporary radioactive sources inside a tumor), or both. Externally delivered radiation can be given over several weeks time or in high-dosing single treatments (called radiosurgery).
There are many technical aspects to delivering radiation to patients and a team approach is always used for radiation therapy. The radiation oncologist is a specialist physician specifically trained to consult, recommend and oversee all aspects of your radiation care. In addition, medical physicists, dosimetrists, treatment therapists and nurses are intensely involved in the delivery or monitoring of radiation care.