Radiation Therapy

How it Works.

Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy, is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. Doctors use radiation therapy to try to eliminate cancerous tumors, to control the growth of the cancer or to relieve symptoms, such as pain.

Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA within cancer cells and destroying the ability of the cancer cells to reproduce. When these damaged cells die, the body naturally eliminates them. Normal cells are also affected by radiation, but they are able to repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot.

While you undergo radiation therapy, a team of highly trained, board certified medical professionals will be working together to make sure you receive the best care possible. A radiation oncologist, a doctor who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer, leads this team.

Radiation therapy is a central component of the treatment of most cancers today. Our radiation oncology team is dedicated to providing every patient with state-of-the-art, evidence-based care with compassion and attention to individual needs.

Our radiation oncologists and dedicated medical physicists and therapists have extensive experience in the latest techniques that provide precise radiation treatments to patients. To ensure the highest chance of obtaining a cure, while minimizing the risks for radiation side effects, the Tampa Bay Oncology Center team utilizes the most sophisticated treatment planning equipment to pinpoint the tumors and spare the normal tissues any unnecessary toxicity.

Once a treatment plan is developed, our radiation oncology team uses the most advanced technology available for radiation delivery, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) & Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Dedicated to patient safety, our staff continually performs vigorous and sophisticated testing for quality assurance.

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