Destroy tumors that have not spread the other parts of the body and cure you of disease reduce the risk that cancer will return after you undergo surgery or systemic/chemotherapy by killing small amounts of remaining cancer cells shrink cancer before surgery.
Shrink tumors that are interfering with your quality of life, such as lung tumor that is causing shortness of breath to relieve pain by reducing the size of a tumor and other unpleasant symptoms, thus improving the quality of life and prolongation of survival.
Radiation Therapy usually takes from a week to eight weeks, depending on the goal, either curative or palliative. It is given daily from Monday to Friday lasting only for a few minutes, based on the prescribed dose and number of treatment fields.
Radiation Therapy works by damaging the genetic material within cancer cells and limiting their ability to successfully reproduce. Your Radiation Oncologist will develop a plan to deliver the radiation to the tumor area, shielding as much surrounding normal tissue as possible.
It has clinical applications for patients diagnosed with malignant tumors and occasionally benign diseases.
Brain / spinal cord tumors, Head and neck tumors, Lung cancer, Breast cancer, Cervix/ Endometrial / Ovarian, Vulvar cancer, Rectal cancer, Lymphoma, and soft tissue tumors to name some diseases.
Maria Lourdes Bernardo-Lacanilao
Cyrus B. Estera
Faiqha T. Bagis
Treatment is done daily from Monday to Friday
Daily treatment set-up lasts from 5 to 15 minutes but actual treatment exposure is around 3 minutes or so.
The total treatment period varies from a week to eight weeks. Some treatments are a short course (5-10 days) but most last an average of 5 weeks