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 multiple myeloma
Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma may be used to treat a specific area where there is bone damage and pain caused by myeloma cells growing in the bone marrow. Also, radiation therapy is sometimes given in preparation for a stem cell transplant to destroy as many myeloma cells as possible.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
The side effects of radiation therapy for multiple myeloma depend on the treatment dose, the part of the body being radiated, the duration of the radiation and other factors. Radiation may cause a drop in white blood cell count, which can increase the risk of infection. Some other side effects may include: fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite and skin irritation.
During your radiation treatment, your care team will monitor your blood counts regularly. If needed, we’ll provide therapies to stimulate your blood cell production and/or antibiotics to prevent/treat infection.
We’ll also work with you to manage radiation-induced side effects. You’ll receive therapies like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine—all under one roof. These therapies can help to keep you strong so you can better tolerate treatment and maintain your quality of life.