WellSpan Radiation Oncology meets the multidisciplinary needs of patients in a coordinated fashion with colleagues in Medical and Surgical Oncology, as well as clinicians and staff in support services.
Some of the technologies we employ include:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with image guidance
- Brachytherapy/Radioactive Seeds
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) for brain tumors
Our radiation oncologists also can provide access to national, regional and institutional clinical trials as an independent research organization and in partnership with our academic affiliate, the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Additional information is available about radiation oncology in this section of the web site, as well as radiation therapy videos that explain what to expect when receiving treatment.
A radiation oncologist is a physician who specializes in treating cancer through Radiation Therapy. The oncologist selects the most effective radiation technique, for each particular patient, to destroy abnormal (cancer) cells while sparing the normal surrounding tissue.
When patients consult radiation oncologist, they have usually just had surgery or a biopsy. The oncologist will spend some time with the patient just talking about the problem and what is the most appropriate therapy.
If radiation therapy is recommended as treatment for a cancer, the radiation oncologist will plan that treatment. The planning involves the use of computers and sophisticated software operated in conjunction with a team of physicists and expert treatment planners (dosimetrists) who create a plan to meet the radiation oncologist’s specifications. The plan is designed to deliver a lethal dose of radiation to the tumor/cancer while delivering as little radiation as possible to normal surrounding structures. This technique serves to minimize any side effects of radiation therapy.
Radiation therapists carry out the actual treatment prescribed by the radiation oncologists. While patients receiving radiation therapy are seen daily by the radiation oncology team, a weekly visit with the radiation oncologist insures that the treatment is proceeding as planned and deals with any side effects which may be bothersome to the patient.
Radiation oncologists’ involvement in patient care extends far beyond the delivery of radiation therapy. Radiation oncologists are physicians and are therefore interested in the well being of their patients beyond the treatment of their malignancy. To that end, the radiation oncologist will, when appropriate, consult with other health care professionals and allied health workers in order to optimize the patient’s experience while undergoing therapy for what is often a life threatening disease.