Radiation therapy

At Corpus Christi Cancer Center, our radiation oncologist specializes in radiation therapy to treat cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy ionizing radiation to treat the disease, even deep within the body, non-invasively. The primary reasons for recommending this method of treatment 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.

For later-stage cancers, the priority becomes using radiation therapy to slow the growth and spread of cancer, control its symptoms, and generally improve a patient’s quality of life.

What you can expect from radiation therapy treatment:

  1. First, you will receive a quick, painless CT scan to allow the doctor to precisely locate and identify where the cancer is.
  2. We will then design your treatment plan, arranging the radiation beams to maximize the dose at the cancer site while ensuring low doses to surrounding healthy tissues.
  3. 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.
  4. Radiation damages normal cells as well, but by keeping the doses lower in the normal tissues, the effects can be minimized.
  5. Your treatment is planned, monitored and delivered by a specialized team that includes a nurse, dosimetrist, medical physicist, radiation therapist, and radiation oncologist.

Services and treatments we provide using radiation therapy:

  • CT treatment planning
  • Eclipse 3D treatment planning
  • Respiratory gated treatment planning
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Prostate seed implantation
  • Stereotactic procedures