What is Radiation Oncology?
Radiation therapy, or radiation oncology, is a form of cancer treatment that uses ionizing radiation to eliminate cancer cells and shrink tumors. We know it can sound intimidating, but the beams of radiation used in treatment are really very similar to the kinds of rays emitted by a traditional CT scan or x-ray. The difference is that they simply use a higher level of energy.
The staff at Rosetta Radiology is highly trained and has had decades of experience administering this type of treatment for cancer patients, so you can feel at ease, knowing that you are in capable hands.
We can confidently say, that radiation oncology can be a very effective and safe option to treat many types of cancer.
So how does it work?
Radiation oncology works by focusing radiation beams directly towards the patient’s cancerous area. This are is called the “target tissue,” and the radiation causes damage to the cancer cells while limiting harm to nearby, healthy tissue. Radiation can be administered externally, internally or in the form of a radiopharmaceutical. Simply ask your physician to discuss which treatment plan is best for you.
Using IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) our radiation oncologist is able to more precisely plan and treat cancer, while also using higher doses of radiation to cut down the number of appointments a patient must attend. 50% of cancer patients are treated with radiation as a part of their treatment plan to stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent new cells from growing.