Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology, which is sometimes called radiation therapy, is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells. In treatment of malignant cancer Radiation Oncology may be utilized as:
-Curative treatment (to stop the progression of cancer)
-Adjuvant treatment (to prevent a re-occurrence of cancerous malignancies after other treatments have eradicated the threat)
-Palliative treatment (to slow/reduce the symptoms of an incurable form of cancer where cure is not possible and the aim is for local disease control or symptomatic relief)
-Therapeutic treatment (where the therapy has survival benefit and it can be potentially curative).

Radiation Oncology also has several applications in non-malignant conditions including the treatment of:
-Trigeminal neuralgia
-Severe thyroid eye disease
-Pterygium
-Pigmented villonodular synovitis

The use of radiotherapy in non-malignant conditions is limited partly by worries about the risk of radiation-induced cancers. To spare normal tissues (such as skin or organs which radiation must pass through in order to treat the tumor), shaped radiation beams are aimed from several angles of exposure to intersect at the tumor, providing a much larger absorbed dose there than in the surrounding, healthy tissue.

The Radiology Associates of Hollywood Radiation Oncologists now offer the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System through the Memorial Healthcare System. This new process will help the Radiation Oncologists to provide the best possible care and comfort to our cancer patients.

Procedures

In the field of Radiation Oncology some of our more popular procedures are:

-Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery
-Brachytherapy
-External Beam Therapy
-Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
-Stereotatic Radiosurgery

Physicians

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