Radiation therapy is a specialized treatment option for patients with cancer. As no two cancer diagnoses are exactly alike, it is important for patients to speak with their doctors to determine if radiation therapy with or instead of another form of treatment is appropriate.
During radiation therapy, a linear accelerator generates a radiation beam that is aimed at the patient’s tumor, destroying cancerous cells. External beam radiation, available at St. Mary, is the use of high energy X-rays and electrons for the treatment of cancer. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is the most advanced method of external beam radiation and is now being offered at St. Mary. The HI-ART Tomotherapy unit at St. Mary combines IMRT with reat time CT scaning for image guided radiation therapy.
Radiation treatments are administered by a the Radiation Oncology Treatment Team, a group of highly qualified medical professionals working together to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. A radiation oncologist, a physician specializing in using radiation to treat cancer, leads this team.
Appointments for radiation treatments are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 215.710.5300.