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Radiation Therapy in Waco

Texas Oncology offers radiation therapy in Waco managed by a team of experienced physicians specializing in radiation treatments. Texas Oncology-Waco’s radiation oncologists use advanced treatment planning systems and leading-edge technology to fight cancer and deliver radiation to cancerous cells.

Cancers Treated by Radiation Therapy

Nearly half of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment. Radiation therapy is often the primary treatment for head and neck cancers, lung cancer, bladder cancer, and Hodgkin lymphoma. Radiation therapy is also commonly used in the overall treatment for a variety of other cancers.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy uses specialized, high-tech equipment to deliver radiation to cancer cells, damaging their ability to grow and spread. Radiation is targeted to the precise area of the cancer tumor and can be delivered either externally or internally.

External radiation therapy uses high-energy X-ray or electron beams aimed at specific points on the patient’s body. Internal radiation therapy involves implanting radioactive material directly into the patient’s body. Patients may be treated with radiation alone or in combination with other treatments, including chemotherapy and surgery.

Radiation therapy is considered a local treatment only affecting cancer cells in the area to which radiation is delivered. By using image-guidance technologies, your radiation oncologist can target your treatment to minimize damage to surrounding tissue.

The Radiation Therapy Process

To begin your radiation treatment, you will meet with your Texas Oncology-Waco radiation therapy team, including your physician, who will develop a customized treatment plan for your particular diagnosis.

Your treatment plan involves determining the most effective type and amount of radiation therapy and will include taking scans to pinpoint the cancer’s position, determining the correct body position for radiation delivery, making reference marks for the positions on the skin, and performing a virtual simulation of your treatment.

The number of treatments and the length of each session depend on your cancer type and the type of treatment prescribed.

Research and Clinical Trials

Texas Oncology-Waco offers radiation therapy clinical trials to our patients through the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group® (RTOG), a leading multi-center research organization recognized for its leadership in working to increase survival and improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

RTOG systematically tests novel radiotherapy approaches against cancer, including quality of life research and research conducted with other types of cancer treatment.

For a list of available clinical trials, go to Clinical Trials in Waco.

Radiation Modalities and Diagnostic Procedures