Radiation Oncology is one of the three main oncology specialties involved in the successful treatment of cancer. This specialty provides expert opinion on whether radiation therapy will be useful for your cancer and how best to safely and effectively deliver it. Radiation therapy has been used to treat cancer for nearly 100 years, and today it is an important part of every cancer patient’s care. Patients with cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, brain, skin, cervix, head and neck, and many other sites have been successfully treated with radiation therapy alone or in combination with surgery or chemotherapy.
Whether radiation therapy is right for you can only be determined by a radiation oncologist. A radiation oncologist is a doctor who has gone through specialized education and training on the appropriate and safe use of radiation therapy.
Cancer care is complex. To insure the highest chance of success, every appropriate form of therapy needs to be considered. Your cancer care is not complete unless you ask your doctor for an opinion from a radiation oncologist.