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radiation oncology

Radiation oncology

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Tulsa, our state-of-the-art radiation oncology department has earned full accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation to facilities that meet the highest levels of standards for radiation quality and safety.

Our expert radiation oncologists use a variety of advanced technologies to deliver strong radiation doses to tumors, working to cause less damage to healthy tissues and organs, as well as lower the risk of side effects.

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, the dosage of radiation given
  • If you have additional medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease)

Our radiation oncologists 

Advanced radiation therapies and technologies

We are committed to bringing advanced treatment options—including safer, more targeted radiation therapies—to patients sooner. Our advanced radiation program often provides treatment options to patients who have reached their maximum tolerance dosage of traditional radiation.

Our radiation oncologists use image guidance before and during radiation treatment to deliver maximum radiation doses to tumors, with less impact on healthy tissues and organs. Our highly targeted radiation technologies focus radiation directly on tumors to help reduce the risk of side effects commonly associated with standard radiation treatment.

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 delivered:

  • As a primary treatment
  • In combination with other treatments, like chemotherapy, to fight against the growth of new cancer cells
  • Before surgery to shrink a tumor
  • After surgery to eliminate remaining cancer cells
  • As a treatment for cancer that has spread to other areas of the body
  • As a palliative treatment to relieve pain

Explore the radiation therapies CTCA® offers

Support to improve your quality of life

Your well-being is at the center of everything we do. In addition to having access to our radiation technologies, you’ll be treated by a team of clinicians from disciplines like nutrition therapy, pain management and oncology rehabilitation, all working together to meet your needs. For example:

  • As you undergo radiation treatments, your mind-body therapist may offer relaxation techniques to help reduce your anxiety.
  • If you find it painful to lie on the radiation table while receiving treatment, your pain management practitioner will try to manage your pain to make you more comfortable.

This approach helps us plan for side effects from the start and quickly address symptoms you may experience to help improve your quality of life.