Saint Joseph's Radiation Oncology Department

The physicians and staff of the Saint Joseph's radiation oncology department use various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. All physicians and therapists are board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. Meet our physicians

Radiation therapy damages the DNA within cancer cells and destroys the cancer cells ability to reproduce. When the damaged cancer cells die, the body eliminates them. Normal cells may also affected by radiation but they repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot.

Radiation therapy may be the only treatment a patient needs or it may a part of a combined treatment approach. For example, prostate and larynx cancer are often treated with radiation alone, but breast cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy may also be used as adjuvant therapy to make primary treatment more effective. For example, patients may be treated with radiation therapy (the adjuvant treatment) before surgery (the primary treatment) to help shrink the tumor and allow less radical surgery, or patients may be treated with radiation after surgery to destroy microscopic cells that may have been left behind.

Radiation therapy may be used to cure the disease or reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life, called palliative care or palliation.
Saint Joseph's radiation oncology department offers a number of specialized treatment processes including:

For more information about Saint Joseph’s Radiation Therapy, call 678-843-7004.