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Radiation Oncology

When you're going through treatment, it's important to know you're getting the most effective treatment possible while also minimizing side effects.

Our goal is to provide you with effective treatment that's most convenient while minimizing any side effects you might experience. Our team of experts will help you decide which treatment is best for you. We're proud to offer access to the latest advancements with leading radiation oncology providers throughout the Valley.

Radiation Basics

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells by destroying their genetic material so that they can no longer grow and divide.

Radiation therapy can be delivered in two ways, externally and internally. Internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy, uses radiation in the form of an implant or seed. This radioactive substance can be inserted close to the tumor, or directly inside of it. Internal radiation is typically used on small tumors, confined to one area of the body, and may require a hospital stay.

External radiation therapy is a more common method, and can be used for most types of cancer, even if the cancer has spread to other areas in the body. During this process, the radiation oncology team uses a machine to direct high-energy X-rays at the cancer. It is typically performed on an outpatient basis over a one- to two-month period.

Greater Precision, Fewer Side Effects

Radiation therapy may be used to treat almost every type of solid tumor, including cancers of the brain, breast, cervix, larynx, lung, pancreas, prostate, skin, spine, or soft tissue sarcomas. Today's high-precision techniques enable the delivery of higher doses of radiation with a dramatic reduction in side effects compared to conventional treatment. Learn more about the various forms of radiation therapy offered at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center:

Radiation oncology services are offered at various locations throughout HonorHealth. To learn more or to find a location nearest you, please contact a cancer care coordinator at 480-323-1255 or 877-273-3639.