Georgia Regents University

GRUCC Radiation Oncology Center

Coming Summer 2015

Edge


Cutting EDGE Treatment

Varian's Edge™ Radiosurgery system will allow us to treat patients more quickly and accurately than ever before. Edge offers advanced tools designed to deliver highly conformal dose distributions to tumors of the lung, brain, spine, and other areas of the body where radiation is indicated. Learn more.

Radiation Oncology

team approach

The GRU Cancer Center Radiation Oncology program offers a staff of radiation oncologists experienced in treating virtually every type and stage of cancer.

Radiation oncology (also called therapeutic radiology or radiation therapy) uses X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles to fight cancer. Like surgery, radiation therapy is used in several ways depending on the type and location of the cancer. Certain levels of radiation work to destroy cancer cells or prevent cells from growing or reproducing.

This treatment may provide a cure for cancer, control the disease, or help relieve its symptoms. Most radiation treatments won't make you radioactive. Talk to your doctor about any precautions you should take when getting radiation therapy.

Key Points About Radiation Treatment

  • Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA.
  • Radiation therapy can damage normal cells as well as cancer cells. Therefore, treatment must be carefully planned to minimize side effects.
  • The radiation used for cancer treatment may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near tumor cells or injected into the bloodstream.
  • A patient may receive radiation therapy before, during, or after surgery, depending on the type of cancer being treated.
  • Some patients receive radiation therapy alone, and some receive radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy.

National Cancer Institute

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