Nearly half of all cancer patients receive some form of radiation therapy during their treatment. Radiation oncology targets cancer cells and damages or destroys them using advanced x-ray technology.
Radiation oncology therapy uses high-energy x-rays to attack cancer cells. It may be used for curing a particular cancer, to contain its spread, or to alleviate pain. In killing malignant tissue, radiation oncology prevents cancer cells from repairing themselves.
The Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center, a joint venture between HealthAlliance Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center, located on the Burbank Campus in Fitchburg, delivers thousands of radiation therapy treatments a year. Together with other specialists from medical oncology, pathology and diagnostic radiology, radiation oncologists create treatment plans that minimize radiation exposure.
Equipped with TrueBeam (performs image guided raditherapy and radiosurgery), CT (computed tomography) simulators and linear accelerators, HealthAlliance Hospital radiation oncologists provide the treatment of the following cancers:
- Gastrointestinal system
- Genitourinary system
- Gynecologic system
- Head and neck
- Lymph nodes
- Soft tissue
- IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy)
- 3-D treatment planning
More advanced radiation oncology treatments are available at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Clinical trials are also available.
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HealthAlliance Hospital Radiation Oncologists
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