Radiation Oncology

BMG Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is the use of radiation therapy as a form of cancer treatment. This form of cancer treatment is performed by radiation oncologists and uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA.

Unfortunately, radiation therapy can also damage normal cells when it damages cancerous cells. This means radiation oncologists must carefully plan and prepare patients for radiation therapy so the side effects can be minimized as much as possible.

What Do BMG Radiation Oncologists Do?

Baptist Medical Group radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy as a part of our comprehensive cancer program. By partnering with oncologists, surgeons and other physicians providing care to cancer patients, BMG radiation oncologists use high-quality radiation therapy, sophisticated technology and the latest knowledge and procedures from research trials to help cancer patients get better.

When BMG radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy to patients, it may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from a radioactive material placed inside the body. This radioactive material is either placed near tumor cells or injected into the bloodstream.

The radiation oncologists of BMG may provide radiation therapy to cancer patients before, during or after surgery to remove malignant tumors. This depends on the type of cancer being treated. Additionally, some cancer patients receive both radiation therapy and chemotherapy (another form of cancer treatment), while others may only receive one of the two treatment methods.

Types of Radiation Therapies

BMG radiation oncologists are responsible for deciding the type of radiation therapy a patient receives based on a variety of factors, including:

  • The type of cancer
  • The cancer’s location in the body
  • How far into the body the radiation needs to travel
  • If the patient will also have other forms of cancer treatment
  • The size of the cancer
  • How close the cancer is to normal tissues that are sensitive to radiation therapy
  • The patient’s general health and medical history
  • Other factors, such as the patient’s age and other health problems

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