Dr. Bernard Eden: Radiation oncology is a medical sub specialty that’s used to treat cancer. We employ ionizing and non-ionizing energy in order to treat the cancer. Ionizing radiation includes things like X-Rays, electrons, proton therapy, well proton beings. Non-ionizing radiations include things like heat and hyperthermia, and we basically try to deposit this energy into the tumor or the target that were trying to treat. And one of the main goals of the specialty is to get that energy to the target, and minimize and eliminate if we can that energy to the normal tissues. By doing this it allows us to provide a therapeutic benefit for the patient where we can control or hopefully control the cancer and minimize the damage to the normal tissues
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our radiation oncologists use advanced technology to deliver cutting-edge cancer treatment. Listen to Dr. Bernard Eden describe how different types of radiation therapy are used to treat cancer.