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 ovarian cancer
Radiation therapy is used for some ovarian cancer patients at CTCA.
Because ovarian cancer cells tend to be carried in the fluid throughout the abdomen, radiation therapy treatments are generally administered to the whole abdominal area, which can have a high rate of side effects. Instead, in most cases, our radiation oncologists use radiation therapy to treat a single “hot spot” that is found on an imaging scan.
We may also use radiation treatments to alleviate pain or bleeding, or before surgery to shrink tumors that involve the colon or other nearby organs.
We use highly targeted chemotherapy treatments to destroy cancer cells, along with other innovative treatments, like hormone therapy, to fight against the growth of new cancer cells.