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radiation oncology

Radiation oncology

Our department

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, our Department of Radiation Oncology is staffed by a group of experienced cancer experts. Here, radiation oncologists work closely with other departments, including the Department of Radiology & Imaging, to deliver comprehensive cancer treatment.

Our radiation oncologists use innovative technologies to deliver high radiation doses to tumors, while working to spare damage to healthy tissues and organs. Focusing radiation directly to the tumor helps reduce the risk of side effects. We also use various techniques to relieve 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 when designing your treatment plan include the type, size and location of the tumor(s) and whether you have undergone previous treatments, and if so, the dosage of radiation you received. Your radiation oncologist will also take into account other medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and/or heart disease.

Advanced radiation therapies and technologies

We are committed to delivering advanced, targeted treatments, including options for those who may have reached their maximum dosage with traditional radiation.

Because 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
  • In combination with other treatments, such as 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 metastasized (spread) to other areas of the body
  • As a palliative treatment to relieve pain

Throughout your treatment, our radiation oncology team will answer your questions to help you feel comfortable with your care plan.

Your well-being is at the center of everything we do. In addition to getting access to our 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. This approach helps us plan for side effects from the start, and quickly address symptoms you may experience.

The radiation oncology team at CTCA Atlanta

The Radiation Oncology Department at CTCA® Atlanta 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 Sean Cavanaugh, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology at our Atlanta hospital. “We listen to the patient’s preferences and give up-to-date treatment recommendations. We empower the patient with the knowledge they need to make an appropriate treatment decision for their individual needs.”

“Patients should feel empowered to be a part of the decision-making process when it comes to their cancer treatment plan," he adds. "One thing that sets CTCA apart 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 available treatment options so they can make informed and empowered decisions about their health care.”