Radiation therapy (“radiotherapy”) is the treatment of cancer using high-energy radiation. It works like chemotherapy, relying on the faulty DNA of cancer cells, which are slowly destroyed because of their inability to reproduce and recover as well as normal cells do. Radiation is also used in some cancer patients to debulk tumors, relieve pain or to shrink tumors prior to surgery. Radiation therapy’s side effects include decreased white blood cells, fatigue, loss of appetite and skin reactions to radiation exposure. While unpleasant, such side effects can usually be controlled or treated. Radiation is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery as part of a complete and personalized treatment plan. If radiotherapy is right for you, your HOPE oncologist will coordinate your care and collaborate with a radiation-oncology team to ensure you get the best possible care and treatment.
For more information on the oncology therapies we offer and coordinate, or to schedule an appointment, call UT Health East Texas HOPE Cancer Center at 903-592-6152.