Radiation Oncology is the medical use of different kinds of radiation in the treatment of various types of diseases. Radiation therapy uses targeted high energy beams to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms. The treatment received by the patient is customized to the individual since each person’s anatomy and stage of the disease is different. 

When you come to Mercy Cancer Center for radiation treatment, your team will include your radiation oncologist as well as radiation therapists, the medical dosimetrist, medical radiation physicist, oncology nurses, social workers and other support staff. Together, they carefully plan and carry out your radiation treatment and offer support. 

The radiation oncology team takes cancer treatments well into the 21st century using the latest technology available. These technologies allow the physician a new level of accuracy and precision to deliver maximum radiation doses to tumors, with less impact on healthy tissues and organs.