radiation oncology

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a common type of cancer treatment that uses high-energy particles such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, or protons to damage or destroy cancer cells entirely.

A scan determines the proper course of radiation treatment for a patient’s specific cancer. These scan include MRI, CT and PET CT. Once determined that radiation is a good course of treatment, the patient visits their radiation oncologist regularly to evaluate side-effects, address concerns and evaluate progress. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, radiation therapy can be used in combination with other treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy.