The radiation oncology department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) has experience treating a wide range of cancers using advanced radiation therapies. Eastern offers radiation therapy delivery methods that include:
- External beam radiation therapy, which delivers radiation from a machine outside the body to cancerous cells within the body. (Examples: 3D conformal radiation therapy, IMRT, IGRT, TomoTherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery)
- Internal radiation therapy, where radioactive material is placed (via a catheter or other carrier) directly into or near a tumor. (Example: high-dose rate brachytherapy)
- Systemic radiation therapy, which involves a radioactive substance that is swallowed or injected, delivering it through the bloodstream to locate and destroy cancerous cells. (Example: radioactive iodine therapy)
Radiation oncologists at Eastern, which is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, determine appropriate radiation dosages needed to attack cancerous tissues, while reducing exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue. They coordinate with other members of the patient’s care team to craft a personalized treatment plan designed to fight the cancer and improve the patient’s quality of life. The team of radiation oncologists at Eastern is dedicated to the whole-patient care model that is central to the CTCA® mission.
Individualized care begins with a full assessment of a patient’s symptoms. The radiation oncologist thoroughly reviews each patient’s medical history, imaging reports (e.g., CT scans, PET/CT scans, MRIs) and performs extensive examinations. The radiation oncologists at Eastern consult with, educate and empower patients to make informed decisions about their treatment. With many years of experience and training, the radiation oncologists at the Philadelphia cancer center are well-versed in treatment-related side effects. They collaborate with integrative oncology clinicians to help patients reduce and manage side effects.