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If You Are Having Radiation Therapy
If You Are Having Radiation Therapy Questions for the doctor: What is the goal of this treatment? How will the radiation be given? Internal or external radiation? Will I need chemotherapy or surgery also? In what order will my treatments be given? How many treatments will I get? Over what period of time? Is there a way to speed up my treatments? Is there a faster treatment option? When will the treatment begin? When will it end? How will I feel during radiation therapy? Will I be able to carry on my nor...
Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy What is brachytherapy? Brachytherapy is radiation treatment delivered directly into your body. It is placed as close to the cancer as possible. The radiation is delivered using radioactive isotopes (chemical elements). The isotopes are inside delivery devices such as wires, seeds, or rods. These devices are called implants. Brachytherapy lets your doctor use a higher total dose of radiation over a shorter time than is possible with external beam therapy. The radiation dose is focused on th...
Radiologist
The Radiologist Who is the radiologist? Radiologists are medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who have completed a four year residency in either diagnostic radiology or radiation oncology. A radiologist may act as a consultant to another doctor who is caring for the patient, or act as the patient's primary doctor in treating a disease (such as a radiation oncologist). Following the residency, most radiologists and radiation oncologists become board-certified by the American Boa...
Advances in Therapeutic Radiology
Advances in Therapeutic Radiology The field of radiology continues to make gains in knowledge and technology. Newer methods are being tested to find better treatments for cancer and other conditions treated with radiation. What are some types of advanced therapies? Some newer radiation therapies are: Radiation and chemotherapy in combination Radiation may improve the effects of chemotherapy. In turn, chemotherapy may improve the effects of radiation. Protocols are being develops to find the most effecti...
External Beam Therapy
External Beam Therapy What is external beam therapy? External beam therapy is a commonly used type of therapeutic radiology. Radiation is delivered from a machine directed to the part of the body where cancer is present. The type of machine used will be determined by the radiation oncologist. How does external beam therapy work? External beam therapy delivers ionizing radiation to the cancer, destroying cancer cells. To give healthy cells time to heal, you will get small doses (fractions) of radiation a...
Radiology Team
The Radiology Team Who are the members of the radiology team? When you have a radiology exam or procedure, a variety of healthcare professionals are involved. You may see doctors, technologists, nurses, and others. When you have a radiology exam or procedure, a variety of health care professionals are involved. You may see doctors, technologists, nurses, and others. What do the radiology team members do? Doctors. A radiologist specializes in the field of radiology. He or she leads the radiology team. Th...
Radiosurgery
Radiosurgery What is radiosurgery? Radiosurgery, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is a very precise form of therapeutic radiology. Even though it is called surgery, radiosurgery does not involve actual surgery. Instead, very focused beams of radiation (gamma rays, X-rays, or protons) are used to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical incision or opening. Radiosurgery is called "surgery" because it is a 1-session radiation therapy treatment that creates a similar result as an actual surgical pr...