Radiation Therapy (Radiation Oncology)

Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer and sometimes non-cancerous diseases. Like surgery, radiation therapy is used in several ways depending on the type and location of the cancer. Certain levels of radiation work to destroy cancer cells or prevent normal or cancer cells from growing or reproducing. This treatment may provide a cure for cancer or non-cancerous diseases, control of disease, or relief of its symptoms. 

A personalized approach to radiation treatment

Stanford's team recognize that the logistics of treatment themselves can be difficult. Physicians and staff do their best to streamline processes in several ways:

  • Patient Coordinators work with patients and their doctors to coordinate with insurance providers, determine clinical trial eligibility, gather information prior to consultation, and expedite appointments.
  • New treatments that can be completed in shorter courses, minimizing a patient's time away from home
  • Practitioners communicate with each other to coordinate treatment schedules.