Radiation therapy is a proven and effective method used to treat cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy ionizing radiation to treat disease, even deep within the body, non-invasively. Some reasons for recommending radiation therapy include:
- Controlling the growth or spread of cancer
- Eliminating the cancer entirely
- Palliative radiation—alleviating or reducing the symptoms of pain
- For later-stage cancers, priority becomes slowing the growth and spread of cancer, controlling its symptoms, and generally improving a patient’s quality of life.
Here is how the treatment will work:
- First, you will receive a CT scan to allow the doctor to precisely locate and identify precisely where the cancer is.
- We will then design your treatment plan, arranging the radiation beams to maximize the dose at the cancer site, while keeping doses low in healthy tissues.
- When radiation is applied to cells, it inhibits their ability to grow and divide. The ultimate goal in radiation therapy is to damage all the cancer cells so that they can no longer divide and grow.
- Radiation damages normal cells as well, but by keeping the doses lower in the normal tissues, the effects can be minimized.
- Your treatment is planned, monitored and delivered by a specialized team that includes a nurse, dosimetrist, medical physicist, radiation therapist, and radiation oncologist.