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 non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Radiation therapy for NHL may be used to destroy lymphoma cells or to prevent the cells from growing and reproducing. It may also be used to relieve pain or discomfort caused by an enlarged spleen or swollen lymph nodes. For patients with NHL, radiation is generally confined to the lymph nodes, the areas surrounding the lymph nodes or an extranodal site (outside of the lymph system).
Depending on your individual needs, we may combine radiation treatment with other innovative therapies, like immunotherapy and chemotherapy, to prevent the growth of new cancer cells.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
The potential side effects of radiation therapy for NHL depend on the treatment dose, the part of the body being radiated and other factors. Radiation may cause a drop in white blood cell count, which can increase your risk of infection. Some other common side effects include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and/or skin reactions.
As you receive radiation treatment for NHL, we will monitor your blood counts regularly. If needed, we’ll provide therapies to stimulate your blood cell production. You may also receive antibiotics to prevent or treat infection.
We’ll also work with you to manage any side effects of radiation treatment. You’ll receive integrative oncology services like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine—all under one roof. These therapies can help keep you strong so you can continue to participate in activities you enjoy.