Radiation Therapy & Radiosurgery
Take advantage of innovative therapies that use radiation to stop or slow cancer growth at Adventist HealthCare.
Top-in-the-Nation, Accredited Care
Benefit from care that meets high standards for quality and safety set by The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). This means you’ll have:
- Access to advanced technology and equipment and trained staff
- Personalized plan for treatment and follow-up care
- Weekly evaluations of your condition
You won’t find our level of care in radiation therapy at most health care facilities. Only 15 percent of U.S. hospitals have accreditation in radiation oncology.
What’s Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to treat tumors. Your cancer doctors may recommend radiation in addition to other cancer treatments.
Before you get radiation, you’ll run through a simulation of what to expect with your care team. You’ll learn how to position your body during therapy.
Your team will perform a computed tomography (CT) scan of the area of your body with the tumor. This scan will help your care team plan the best way to treat the tumors. We’ll make sure you feel comfortable and that the process takes as little time as possible.
A medical professional will use a marker or create freckle-sized tattoos on your skin to show where to aim radiation. This makes sure therapy is targeted and as accurate as possible.
Types of Radiation Therapy
Depending on the type of cancer you have and other factors, you may benefit from:
- Brachytherapy – Places radiation seeds in the body to treat breast, esophagus, gynecological, lung and prostate cancers
- External beam radiation therapy – Delivers high-powered beams of energy from outside your body to destroy cancer cells while minimizing harm to healthy tissue
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy – Uses focused doses of radiation to slow tumor growth and protect healthy tissue
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) – Destroys tumor cells in the lungs, liver and spine
Radiosurgery for Brain Cancer
If you have brain cancer, your care team may recommend stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), a less invasive option than traditional brain surgery. This means you’ll be able to recover faster and have less risk of pain and infection.
Your Radiation Care Team
Expect high-quality care from experienced specialists, such as:
- Dosimetrist – Medical professional who chooses the safest and most effective amount of radiation for treatment and specializes in using radiation therapy equipment
- Medical physicist – Expert in using radiation therapy as well as imaging scans to diagnose and treat health conditions
- Radiation oncologist – Board-certified cancer doctor with advanced training to treat tumors with radiation therapy
- Radiation oncology nurses – Specialists who care for patients during radiation treatments
- Radiation therapist – Medical professional with expertise to use radiation therapy technology and equipment
Your radiation therapists will work closely with other members of your cancer care team.