What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy uses targeted energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our state-of-the-art radiation therapy program brings our patients the leading technology.
Our radiation oncologists use a variety of advanced technologies to deliver maximum radiation doses to tumors, with less damage to healthy tissues and organs. By focusing the radiation directly on the tumor, there is a lower risk of side effects.
Your well-being is at the center of everything we do. In addition to our leading radiation technologies, you’ll be treated by a team of clinicians from areas like nutrition therapy and oncology rehabilitation, all working together to meet your needs throughout treatment. This approach helps us plan for any side effects from the start, and quickly address any symptoms you may experience.
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Radiation therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma
We use radiation therapy to destroy lymphoma cells, to prevent the cells from spreading, and/or to relieve pain or discomfort caused by an enlarged spleen or swollen lymph nodes. For Hodgkin lymphoma patients, radiation treatments are commonly given to lymph nodes in the neck, chest, underarms, abdomen, spleen, pelvis, and/or groin.
Your care team may combine radiation with other Hodgkin lymphoma treatments, like chemotherapy, to prevent the growth of new cancer cells.
Helping you manage radiation-induced side effects
Depending on your radiation dose, site, and other factors, radiation therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma may cause certain side effects. It can lower white blood cell count, which increases the risk of infection. Other potential side effects include: fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, skin reactions, and fertility problems (from radiation to the pelvic area).
As you receive treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, your care team will work with you to manage these radiation-induced side effects. We’ll monitor your blood counts regularly. If needed, you’ll receive therapies to stimulate your blood cell production and prevent or treat infection.
You’ll also receive integrative oncology services like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. These therapies help keep you strong so you can continue treatment while participating in your everyday activities.