Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a clinical and scientific specialty dedicated to the management of patients with cancer (and occasionally a few non-malignant conditions) through radiation, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. There are two main types of radiation therapy: external beam radiation therapy and internal radiation therapy.

External beam radiation is also known as X-Ray therapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). This type of radiation is administered using a treatment machine called a linear accelerator. Treatments are typically given in small daily doses, for several weeks, depending on the total and final dose of radiation that is planned/prescribed by the radiation oncologist.

Internal radiation therapy (also call brachytherapy) is achieved by implanting “sources or seeds” (small pieces of radioactive substance) or by using an implanted device call a “reservoir,” into which a liquid radioactive substance is injected. This delivers very intense radiation to a small area of the body, thus limiting the exposure to the normal tissue.

Our radiation oncologists are from the Center for Cancer Care. Please visit their website for more information at www.ccchsv.com/