This website provides information for people living
with cancer who, together with their loved ones, are exploring
radiation therapy as a treatment option. Radiation, alone or in
combination with other cancer therapies, can be used to successfully
treat many different types of cancer.
Learning you have cancer can bring on a flood of
feelings and concerns.
Finding out as much as you can about the disease and ways to treat it
be overwhelming and confusing. As you prepare for treatment, it may
help to learn as much as possible about what you may experience.
Radiation therapy techniques and procedures may vary
among different doctors, hospitals and treatment centers. Be sure to
ask questions if you are concerned that the advice of your doctor is
different from what you read here, or in other publications
RADIATION THERAPY AND CANCER
Cancer doctors usually treat cancer with radiation
therapy, surgery or medications including chemotherapy, hormonal
therapy and/or biologic therapy, either alone or in combination.
If your cancer can be treated with radiation, you will
be referred to a radiation oncologist — a doctor who specializes in
treating patients with radiation therapy. Your radiation oncologist
will work with your primary doctor and other cancer specialists, such
as surgeons and medical oncologists, to oversee
your care. He or she will discuss the details of your cancer with you,
the role of radiation therapy in your overall treatment plan and what
to expect from your treatment.