Many patients with cancer receive radiation therapy at some point in the course of their treatment. Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to destroy cancer cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue when possible. Radiation therapy may be used alone, or in combination with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. The radiation oncology department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) uses advanced radiation therapies with state-of-the-art imaging systems and radiation delivery platforms. These technologically advanced therapies are delivered by a highly integrated team of radiation oncologists.
The radiation oncologists at Southwestern, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, provide patients feedback and recommendations based on a depth of knowledge and experience. Using advanced radiation therapies, the radiation oncologist focuses on locating and targeting tumors more directly. This may reduce damage to healthy tissue near the tumor. If radiation therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you, your radiation oncologist will discuss the possible risks and benefits with you, as well as necessary precautions, to help you to make an informed decision.
At CTCA® in Tulsa, our radiation oncologists work not only with surgical and medical oncologists to help treat the cancer itself, but they also coordinate with nutrition therapists, pain management physicians, naturopathic providers and other supportive-care clinicians in delivering whole-patient care. The care team shares a commitment to delivering high-quality care in a compassionate manner to our patients. They strive to help patients by designing individualized treatment plans, to attack the cancer and help manage radiation therapy-related side effects.