About Radiation Therapy

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy uses radiation energy (the same kind as regular x-rays just stronger) to kill cancer cells.

Does Radiation work?

For many types of cancer, radiation therapy is highly effective. It can also be used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy. Radiation Therapy can be used to shrink a tumor or kill any remaining cancer cells after surgery.

Are there side effects?

Some patients do not experience side effects. Some do. Side effects vary depending on the type of treatment and dose. While side effects can be uncomfortable, medication can be used to control them, and most side effects disappear once your therapy is finished.

Does it hurt?

Radiation therapy treatments are painless, but skin in the treated area may become sensitive and easily irritated.

How is the radiation delivered to my body?

The two main types of radiation therapy are external and internal. External uses a machine to direct the rays at the cancer. Internal places the radiation source in your body.

Our radiation oncology center gives you and your cancer care team access to some of the world's most advanced radiation therapy equipment.