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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer. It uses high-energy waves to destroy or damage cancer cells. Radiation may be given as part of a treatment plan that also includes chemotherapy, surgery, immunotherapy or targeted therapy.

There are two main types of radiation:

  • External beam radiation – Radiation is delivered from a machine outside the body to a targeted area of the body.
  • Internal radiation – Also called brachytherapy, radioactive materials are placed inside the body on or next to cancer cells.

A radiation oncologist will oversee your radiation treatment. This doctor works closely with others on your team to create a plan that’s tailored to your care needs.

Radiation oncology services and treatments

Advances in radiation treatments allow doctors to deliver precise, targeted radiation doses right to the tumor or cancer cells. This technology causes less damage to healthy tissue and enhances outcomes.

What to expect

Your radiation oncologist will help prepare you for radiation therapy. They will let you know what to expect and closely watch your progress. Your doctor will also let you know if any changes are needed throughout your treatment. Radiation therapy can last a few minutes or as long as several weeks. Radiation is painless, but you may feel discomfort during sessions if you need to stay in a certain position very long. Your care team will help you manage any side effects — such as a rash, numbness or lymphedema (swelling caused by lymph fluid buildup).

Radiation oncology at PeaceHealth

The radiation oncology team at PeaceHealth advances the standard of cancer care in our community. We take care of the details, so you can focus on getting healthy and what matters most to you.

Advanced technology for precise care

Access to the latest technology for radiation therapy — RapidArc, TrueBeam, CyberKnife, Gamma Knife and many others. These advances deliver targeted cancer treatments that enhance outcomes and generally lead to fewer complications.

Collaborating for you

No two cancers or patients are alike. That’s why we put you at the center of the treatment plan. We consider your needs, goals, unique diagnosis, and medical and family history. Your care team is committed to giving you the power to heal and feel supported throughout your care.

Coordinated are at every turn

Your medical oncologist will work closely with you and other members of your care team to manage your care. This coordinated, seamless approach helps make sure you get the care you need all through your healing journey.

Advancing cancer care

At PeaceHealth, we are committed to advancing the standard of cancer care. We offer the latest medicines, therapies and approaches for diagnosing, treating and managing cancer.

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