Radiation oncology uses radiation to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy has the ability to deliver controlled, high dosages of radiation to targeted cancer cells while minimizing the damage to normal cells. This controlled delivery helps minimize side effects.
Dr. Stafford will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, which could include one or more scans including CT scans, MRI scans, PET scans, etc. The images acquired from these scans will help Dr. Stafford plan the treatment area, dosage and frequency of treatments.
Treatments are usually delivered daily and can range anywhere from two to eight weeks. Each session takes about 15-20 minutes. The most common form of therapy delivered in our office is referred to as External Beam Radiaton Therapy (EBRT)
- External Beam Radiation Therapy uses a machine to deliver radiation from outside the body.
Another, less common, form of radiation therapy we provide is called Brachytherapy.
- Brachytherapy uses radioactive sources placed directly within or very near the tumor and is done in the hospital under general anesthesia. This treatment is not appropriate for everyone. Dr. Stafford will discuss this with you if you are a candidate.
Side Effects of Radiotherapy
The side effects of radiation therapy vary and depend on the dosage given each day and the area targeted.
Dr. Stafford will thoroughly discuss your treatment plan, possible side effects, ways to manage side effects and realistic expectations from treatment. We encourage you to ask questions before, during and after your treatment.