What is Radiation Oncology?
Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by using high-energy radiation. About 50 percent of all cancer patients are treated with some type of radiation during their cancer treatment. Used before or during other procedures, radiation shrinks tumors to make surgery or chemotherapy more effective. Used after surgery or chemo, it destroys any remaining cancer cells. For some patients, radiation will be their only form of treatment. Radiation can be combined with surgery and/or chemotherapy to make their own unique treatment more effective.
Our radiation oncologist is an integral part of your care team, working closely with your other health care providers to develop the most effective treatment plan. We offer treatment for all types of cancers, including:
- Head & Neck
Comfort and Convenience
Your customized treatment plan is designed with your safety and comfort in mind. From your initial visit through the course of your treatment, our experienced team of professionals will make sure you understand and are prepared for your treatment plan. Our highly skilled radiation oncology team – which includes a radiation oncologist, a radiation physicist, dosimetrists, nurses, and radiation therapists – carefully plans your individualized radiation oncology treatments.
Having your treatments close to home can make a significant difference. Radiation treatments are typically five days a week but can vary from patient to patient. We proudly offer those treatments right here in Shenandoah at the newly built Robert S. Holmes Family Cancer Center!