Radiation Therapy


Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses concentrated energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and/or reduce other cancer-related symptoms (e.g., X-rays, radioactive substances). It may be used:

  • As a primary treatment to destroy cancer cells In combination with other treatments to stop cancer cell growth.
  • Before another treatment to shrink a tumor.
  • After another treatment to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells.
  • To relieve symptoms of advanced cancer.

Radiation therapy is an important part of treatment for many of our patients. Because each type of cancer requires a different approach, the treatment plan for each patient is customized to its specific needs and goals for treatment.

Imaging techniques allow oncologists to monitor tumors closely, before and during radiation treatment. We use highly targeted radiation technologies to deliver tumors with maximum doses of radiation, with less impact on healthy tissues and organs. We can often have choices for patients who have reached their full tolerated conventional radiation dose.

Radiation therapy may be performed on its own or in conjunction with other therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or immunotherapy. Radiation oncologists track the effectiveness of radiation therapy throughout the procedure, and adjust treatment plans accordingly.

Common Radiation Therapy side effects

Radiation therapy treatment can cause some side effects including

  • Skin reactions
  • Fatigue
  • Lymphedema


Radiation therapy may be delivered in-house or outside. The type of radiation therapy that a patient receives may depend on a variety of factors, such as the cancer type and tumor size and location to be treated.