Oral Cancer Radiation Therapy & Treatment
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Radiation oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America use the latest technology to deliver cutting-edge cancer treatment. Listen to Dr. Bernard Eden describe how different types of radiation therapy are used to treat cancer.
Radiation Therapy for Oral Cancer
Radiation therapy uses targeted energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms. Radiation treatments are commonly used to treat oral cancer patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).
We use highly targeted radiation therapies, along with other treatments, like surgery and chemotherapy, to kill tumors and fight against the growth of new cancer cells.
Our radiation oncologists deliver high doses of radiation to cancerous cells in the oral cavity and oropharynx, while sparing healthy tissue and organs. By focusing the radiation treatment directly on the tumor, these therapies minimize the risk of developing common side effects, which can include mouth sores and long-term or permanent damage to the salivary glands and taste buds.
We offer two primary types of oral cancer radiation therapy:
- External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT): Delivers high doses of radiation to oral cancer cells from outside the body, using a variety of machine-based technologies.
- Brachytherapy (Internal Radiation): Delivers high or low doses of radiation from implants placed close to, or inside, the tumor(s) in the body.