Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment that uses radiation to kill cancer cells. Depending on your unique situation, your Southeastern Med health care team may recommend radiation therapy be combined with cancer surgery and/or chemotherapy as the form of treatment.
The Cambridge Regional Cancer Center offers radiation therapy in Guernsey County and surrounding counties and communities of Southeastern Ohio.
Radiation treatment works by damaging the DNA of cancer cells, preventing them from multiplying and causing cell death. Radiation can kill healthy cells too. That is why your Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center radiation oncologist will closely monitor your condition throughout the course of your treatment.
Radiation treatment can be delivered a few ways:
- Externally, via a focused beam targeted at the specific area of the cancer
- Internally, via radioactive material surgically implanted near the tumor
- Intravenously, using radioactive material that travels through the body via the circulatory system.
Your radiation oncologist will consider a number of factors when determining how to apply a course of radiation treatment, including:
- The type of cancer you have
- The stage (progression) of your cancer
- Where the cancer is located in your body
- Your overall health and wellness
Every patient will react differently, but common side effects of radiation therapy include fatigue, dry mouth, appetite changes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Talk with your radiation oncologist about the potential side effects of radiation and how you can handle them throughout and after your treatment.