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Radiation Therapy

  • What is Radiation Therapy?
  • Who can be treated at Good Shepherd?
  • Types of Radiation Therapy
  • What to expect
  • Frequently asked questions in Radiation Therapy
  • Radiation therapy is one of the most widely used and effective treatments for many types of cancer. The Good Shepherd Hospital Radiation Oncology Center is at the forefront of this type of treatment utilizing state-of-the-art technology usually found only in large medical centers, yet conveniently located next door to the hospital in the Medical Office Building.

    The Center is fully accredited by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV Healthcare Inc). Results are tracked by a cancer registry and compared with The National Cancer database to ensure outcomes meet or exceed national standards.

    What is Radiation Therapy?

    Radiation therapy involves the precise application of X-rays to a cancerous area in order to reduce its size, and in many cases, eliminate it entirely.

    Who can be treated at Good Shepherd?

    Equipped with the latest technologies, the Cancer Care Center can treat most patients and types of cancer.

    Types of Radiation Therapy

    Upon consultation, your oncology specialist will determine the best way to treat your cancer while minimizing side effects using our latest technology.

    • RapidArc radiotherapy
    • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) with the Varian TrilogyTM linear accelerator
    • High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy
    • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
    • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
    • Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)
    • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)

    What to expect with radiation therapy

    Initially there will be a 60-minute consultation to plan treatment and make treatment molds of the affected site in order to target the treatment. Once the treatment plan is completed, patients can begin their radiation therapy treatments. Daily treatment times usually last 15 - 20 minutes, five days a week, for six to eight weeks. The treatments are pain-free with minimal, site-specific side effects.  There are no significant long-term effects from radiation therapy.

    Dietary and skincare consultations are available as appropriate.

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