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Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy)

Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy)

For more than 30 years, the physician specialists and highly-trained staff of the Radiation Therapy department at the Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center have provided compassionate, experienced care for thousands of patients throughout northeast Georgia. We provide a team approach for our patients which includes:

  • board-certified radiation oncologists with more than 50 years combined experience in patient care
  • oncology certified nurses
  • registered radiation therapists
  • board-certified physicists
  • board-certified medical dosimetrists
  • case managers
  • registered dieticians

Treatment Options 

Our Radiation Therapy department offers the latest, state-of-the-art treatment technologies including therapies which deliver maximum doses of radiation with a decreased risk of side effects including:

Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT):

  • Delivers a focused high dose of radiation to the tumor, allowing for fewer treatments than traditional radiation therapy
  • Targets small, well-defined tumors with extreme precision
  • Can be used as an alternative to surgery in some cases
  • Applicable for patients whose tumors are hard to reach, located close to vital organs or other critical areas, or subject to movement (for example, breathing)
  • Uses three-dimensional imaging, including MRI and vascular CT scans, during the treatment to locate and pinpoint the tumor for precise delivery of radiation

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT):

  • Located at both the Toccoa Cancer Center and Main Campus in Gainesville, IGRT enables physicians to pinpoint tumors with great accuracy
  • Provides ability to adjust the radiation beam to the tumor’s exact location
  • Spares healthy tissue
  • Applicable for some prostate, abdominal, lung, head and neck and brain tumors.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT):

  • An intense, controlled dose of radiation that allows treatment in sensitive areas
  • Delivers high doses of radiation in a very precise way
  • Spares more of the surrounding healthy tissue
  • Fewer side effects as compared to traditional external radiation therapy

Low-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (LDR):

  • Requires the radiation source to be permanently inserted into the patient
  • Delivers radiation slowly, over a few days, and is often performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Prostate seed implants are a common example of LDR; prostate seed implants are radioactive implants that treat prostate cancer with fewer side effects such as urinary incontinence and impotence.

High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR):

  • Involves temporarily inserting the source of radiation directly at or very near a tumor site
  • Limits amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation and radiates the site of the cancer
  • MammoSite, one example of HDR, is a revolutionary method used to treat patients with early stage breast cancer by delivering radiation directly to the site of a breast tumor following a lumpectomy

In addition to the radiation therapy treatments above, the Cancer Center at NGMC also offers radiopharmaceuticals and radiation therapy clinical trials. The therapies are offered at both the Cancer Center’s Gainesville and Toccoa locations. Click here for a list of current clinical trials.

For more information about radiation therapy treatments available at the Cancer Center, call (770) 219-8800. For a listing of radiation oncologists practicing at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, click the link below.

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