Radiation therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat cancer, and some benign tumors. It works by focusing a beam of ionizing radiation on the cancerous growth or implanting radioactive sources in the cancerous area. It can be used by itself or in combination with other forms of treatment, most often surgery or cancer fighting drugs. To minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue, only a specific area is treated.
At Providence Saint John's, we put your care in the hands of experts. Your radiation oncology team is comprised of physicians, nurses, radiation therapists, physicists and other trained personnel who have earned widespread respect in the medical community. It’s no wonder that patients from all over the country and the world seek care here.
We also offer the latest in radiation therapy technology. We are the only facility in Southern California with the new state-of-the-art Edge® system as well as the Trilogy Linear Accelerator with RapidArc™ and. Additionally, we provide intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), brachytherapy, 3-D conformal radiotherapy and superficial radiation for skin cancers, giving patients the widest and best treatment options available.
The Providence Saint John's team believes in the importance of caring for the whole patient, placing an emphasis on providing for both the physical and emotional comfort of the patient throughout the course of treatment. External beam radiation therapy is a non-invasive, painless procedure so there are no knives, needles or anesthetics involved. Radiation therapy is performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for a hospital stay. The radiation oncologist will determine the number and frequency of treatments, based on your needs. A typical course of treatment is over a one to eight-week period, five days a week. However, many procedures are delivered in just one treatment (also called Stereotactic Radiosurgery) or 2-5 treatments (called Stereotactic Radiation therapy.