Radiation Therapy (Radiotherapy)
As part of your treatment program you may undergo radiation therapy, also known as radiation oncology or radiotherapy. This treatment uses strong energy beams to kill cancer cells without harming nearby tissue. It can eliminate cancer, control or stop cancer’s growth, and relieve pain and other cancer symptoms.
You may undergo radiation therapy as your only treatment. Or, you may undergo radiation as part of a program that may include chemotherapy, or surgery, or both. For example, prostate and some throat cancers may be treated with radiotherapy alone, while breast cancers may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Your therapy may also include treatments by Gamma Knife, which uses highly targeted radiation beams to treat brain cancers, noncancerous tumors, arterovenous malformations, or AVMs, as well as a pain disorder known as trigeminal neuralgia.
We are proud to offer these treatments at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, where you can receive the best care, close to home. The Gamma Knife is operated in a collaborative effort among Pitt County Memorial Hospital and East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine’s practice at ECU Neurosurgical and Spine Center.
Our radiation oncology center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, which sets us apart from all the radiation oncology practices in the region. Our services include a wide array of options including CyberKnife radiosurgery, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Hypofractionated Image Guided Radiation Therapy for early stage lung cancer. We also offer prostate seed implants, photodynamic therapy, MammoSite for breast cancer, TheraSphere for liver cancer and Zevalin for lymphoma.
Please visit our department’s web page for more information about our radiation oncology care.
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