Radiation Oncology: Cancers Treated At Rosetta

Radiation therapy is no easy thing to go through, but at the same time, it can also save your life. That is why cancer researchers and radiation oncology teams across the globe strive to find and implement new, better ways to treat and eliminate cancer.

At Rosetta Radiology we do our part as well by applying cutting-edge radiation therapy techniques to treat a wide variety of cancers. Our radiation technology ensures that the emissions you receive are targeted to the tumor specifically.

What Is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncology is another term for describing radiation therapy, which is a type of cancer treatment that uses ionizing radiation to eliminate cancer cells and shrink tumors. Though this may sound quite intimidating, the beams of radiation used in treatment are actually very similar to the kind emitted by CT scans and X-rays, just at a higher dose.

How Does Radiation Oncology Work

Radiation oncology works by focusing high-energy radiation beams directly towards the patient’s cancerous area, or target tissue. There are three different methods for administering radiation: externally, internally, or in the form of radiopharmaceuticals. A Rosetta Radiology we focus on the external radiation method, also called external-beam radiation therapy.  

This kind of high-energy radiation therapy uses X-rays or gamma rays to pass radioactive beams from a machine into the patient’s body. This treatment option may be used for daily sessions over the course of several weeks.

In order to administer the external-beam radiation therapy, our oncology team utilizes an IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) machine to deliver external-beam radiation. The IMRT allows our radiation oncologists to develop a more precise plan to treat cancer, while the machine’s higher dose of radiation allows us to cut down the number of appointments a patient must attend.

Cancers Treated With Radiation Oncology

Keep in mind that no radiation oncology treatment plan is exactly the same, it varies based on each patient and their situation. If your diagnosis is not listed below, it doesn’t mean that radiation is not a valid option for you. Consult your physician or feel free to contact our Radiation Oncology department to discuss your treatment options.

    • Skin
    • Cervical
    • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
    • Testicular
    • Colorectal
    • Oral Cavity
    • Uterine
    • Esophageal
    • Oropharyngeal
    • Vaginal
    • Gastric
    • Ovarian
    • Vulvar
    • Hodgkins Lymphoma
    • Anal
    • Hypopharyngeal
    • Prostate
    • Bladder
    • Laryngeal
    • Salivary Gland
    • Bone Metastases
    • Lung
    • Sarcoma
    • Breast
    • Multiple Myeloma & Plasmactyoma
    • Sinus
    • Brain Tumors
    • Pancreatic

What Does The Radiation Oncology Process Look Like?

Before you start radiation therapy, you will first have to go through a few steps to ensure that the therapy plan we make is perfectly tailored to you and your needs. Here are those steps:

Step #1: Diagnosis

Step #2: Simulation. Before treating you, your radiation oncology team will use a series of CT scans to take measurements and determine how to accurately target the site for treatment.

Step #3: Treatment planning to calculate your plan based on all of the information we gather at the previous appointments, then select the appropriate radiation beam sizes, angles, energies and shielding for the patient’s body.

Step #4: Testing & Treatment. Every patient is different, so your length and number of appointments will vary depending on the treatment plan.

Step #5: Completion & Follow-Up.Once you are done with your radiation treatment your doctor will set up a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress post-treatment.

More Information

If you or someone you know is looking for a radiation oncology center nearby, be sure to visit us or book an appointment! To learn a little more about radiation oncology and the cancers we treat, feel free to contact us today.

2019-10-18T15:39:10+00:00October 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Radiation Oncology: Cancers Treated At Rosetta