At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our state-of-the-art Department of Radiation Oncology brings our patients leading radiation technologies. The department consists of a group of experienced cancer experts. Here, radiation oncologists work hand-in-hand with other departments, including the Department of Radiology & Imaging, to deliver advanced cancer treatment.
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. We also provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms.
If radiation therapy is part of your treatment plan, you'll meet with your radiation oncologist to discuss the specific therapies available. Your radiation oncologist will thoroughly review your medical history, imaging and diagnostic tests (e.g., CT scans, PET/CT scans, MRIs).
Factors he or she will also consider include the type of cancer you have; the size of the tumor and its location; whether you’ve undergone previous treatments, and if so, what the dosage of radiation was; as well as if you have additional medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease).
Advanced radiation therapies and technologies
We are committed to bringing advanced treatment options to patients sooner, including safer, more targeted radiation therapies. Our advanced radiation program often provides treatment options to patients who have reached their maximum tolerance dosage of traditional radiation.
Since each cancer type requires a different approach, your treatment plan will be based on your unique needs and treatment goals. Radiation treatments may be included in your individualized treatment plan as:
- A primary treatment
- Combined with other treatments, like chemotherapy, to fight against the growth of new cancer cells
- Before surgery to shrink a tumor
- After surgery to eliminate any remaining cancer cells
- As a treatment for cancer that has spread to other areas of the body
- As a palliative treatment to relieve pain
Throughout your care, the radiation oncology team will take time to answer your questions so you can feel comfortable with your treatment.
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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The radiation oncology team at Southeastern
The Radiation Oncology Department at CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) includes radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses and radiation therapists.
"Over the days and weeks of treatment, we get to know each unique patient we serve, in a way that few other doctors or nurses can," says radiation oncologist Dr. Christian Hyde. “We listen to the patient’s preferences and give the most up-to-date treatment recommendations. We empower the patient with the knowledge they need to make the best treatment decision for their individual needs and their family.”
Dr. Sean Cavanaugh, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Southeastern, agrees. “Patients should feel empowered to be a part of the decision-making process when it comes to their cancer treatment plan," he says. "One thing that sets us apart at CTCA is that we are able to provide many options under one roof for our patients. As a physician, I am committed to making sure that my patients and their family members understand the treatment options available so they can make informed and empowered decisions about their health care.”
Southeastern has a dedicated Wound Care unit located in the Infusion Center. Beth Culpepper, a certified wound care nurse, has extensive experience in wound care and has received nationally recognized wound care certifications.
She is available to assist in addressing any wound care concerns that may arise during your radiation treatment, and make sure that you are healing properly. This can help with a swifter recovery, and make sure that you are able to return to doing the things you enjoy most.