About Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy, like chemotherapy, is often done on an outpatient basis. Jefferson Radiation Oncology uses the latest technology to pinpoint cancer and deliver the most effective dose of radiation to the tumor while limiting radiation exposure to adjacent healthy tissue. Radiation can be delivered either externally or internally, depending on the type of cancer.
External Radiation Therapy
External radiation therapy is given on an outpatient basis and administered just like a normal X-ray, delivering effective treatments with pinpoint accuracy.
Internal Radiation Therapy
Internal radiation therapy, or "Brachytherapy," may require a clinic or hospital visit for at least one day. Radioactive substances are placed very close to or inside the tumor itself using a small sealed container called an implant, which can be permanent or temporary.
Facts about Radiation Therapy:
- About 60% of all cancer patients will require radiation therapy as part of their care.
- Radiation therapy can be used to help cure cancer or relieve symptoms alone or in combination with other therapies, such as surgery or chemotherapy
- Most patients who need radiation will have treatments 4-5 days a week for 5-7 weeks
- Most people receive radiation for 1-5 minutes per treatment