External Beam Radiation
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to kill cancer cells. External beam radiation therapy focuses energy on the tumor from a source outside your body. It is much like getting an X-ray but for a longer period of time. Before you start treatments, you must first have a series of imaging studies such as MRIs, CT scans, or plain x-rays so that doctors know exactly where your tumor is located within the body. Technicians will probably mark your body with ink that will help to guide your treatments. External beam radiation lasts only a few minutes and is painless.
Lourdes radiation oncologists offer a variety of the latest forms radiation therapy, including brachytherapy for prostate cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
To locate a Lourdes radiation oncologist, call the Lourdes Cancer Center at 609-835-5432.