Radiation therapy is a part of treatment for about two-thirds of patients with cancer. It can be used in isolation or in combination with other cancer treatments.
Radiation therapy (radiation oncology) uses energy waves or particles to cure cancer, control the disease, or help relieve its symptoms. The levels of radiation are modified according to the goal of the therapy. It can be used to destroy cancer cells, shrink cancer cells, or decrease their ability to divide.
The Radiation Oncology service at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) makes use of the most advanced equipment and techniques to deliver radiation to cancerous areas, while avoiding exposure to normal tissues.
The two main radiation therapy approaches used at DF/BWCC are external radiation therapy (external beam therapy), which beams radiation directly to the cancer cells, and internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy), which involves the implantation of pellets that emit radiation. Below are examples of the external and internal radiation treatments used at DF/BWCC.
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is devoted to helping people fight cancer by offering the most advanced treatment with compassion and care. We care for adult patients in 12 specialized centers, each devoted to a different type of cancer.
Part of our commitment to conquering cancer is developing new ways to prevent and screen for cancer, as well as developing new therapies. Milestones include:
Patient- and Family-focused Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care - involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at DF/BWCC.
Quality of Patient Care
BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients' to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and where we could improve. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we compare with other hospitals.
Our Center features a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, physicists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, endoscopists, pathologists, specialized nursing staff, dietitians, physical therapists, and social workers who use a patient-focused approach to deliver the most effective treatment for each patient. Meet our radiation oncology team.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our radiation oncology experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request form.
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