Radiation therapy — also called radiotherapy — is a highly targeted and highly effective way to destroy cancer cells. It uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells by interfering with their ability to reproduce, and has been effective to treat many kinds of cancer including breast and prostate cancers.
Despite what many people fear, radiation therapy is relatively easy to tolerate and its side effects are limited to the treated area. Radiation therapy is used to cure cancer, control the growth or spread of cancer, and to provide comfort by alleviating the symptoms cancer can sometimes cause.
If your medical oncologist prescribes radiation, he/she will work closely with the radiation oncologists at Providence Holy Cross to assess and recommend treatment options. Since about half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy, your radiation oncologist will play a significant role in your treatment of cancer.
We are committed to providing the most advanced radiation oncology services available, including:
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CT)
- B-Mode Acquisition and Targeting (BAT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Internal radiation (Brachytherapy) including temporary and permanent implants.
- Linear accelerator
- Ultrasound positioning guided equipment