Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Radiation has been used to treat cancer for about 100 years and continues to be in the forefront of cancer treatment. Radiation has proven to be a highly effective way to treat and hopefully cure many types of cancer. Advances in technology over the years, such as Brachytherapy and IMRT (Intense Modulated Radiation Therapy) have made treatments even more effective and safer. Regional Cancer Center has sophisticated, up-to-date equipment. Equally as important, RCC has assembled a team of Radiation Oncology experts to plan and administer your treatments.

Radiation therapy uses high energy x-ray beams to destroy cancer cells. X-rays given at these higher levels can help to overcome cancer. These x-ray or radiation beams are narrowly and precisely focused to destroy a cancerous tumor or any remaining cancer cells while causing little or no damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Radiation therapy can be used to cure cancer, control a cancers growth or spread, and to provide comfort by alleviating the symptoms cancer can sometimes cause.

Each patients treatment is unique. No two treatment plans are exactly alike because each persons disease can differ with their type of cancer; for example, size or location. Your physician is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and supervises your radiation treatments.

Your doctor will explain radiation treatment, it's benefits and possible side effects, and review your treatment plan with you. Should you have questions at any time, do not hesitate to ask a member of your treatment team.