Radiation therapy may be used alone, or in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, and/or immunotherapy. Radiation therapy may be used in an attempt to cure the cancer or to treat unpleasant symptoms the cancer is causing, such as pain or bleeding. The most common types of cancer that radiation therapy is used for are brain tumors, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, rectal cancer, cervix and uterine cancers, lymphoma, and sarcoma.
New technology available at the UF Health Radiation Oncology – Davis Cancer Pavilion delivers radiation to various parts of the body with tremendous accuracy and precision, enhancing short-course radiotherapy treatment programs such as in stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery. Further integration with surface imaging systems allows for real-time motion management, making radiotherapy delivery to exacting treatment sites, such as the breast and prostate gland, even safer and more effective. Learn more about radiation therapy at UF Health.
Radiation oncologists work closely with other physicians such as surgical oncologists, other surgeons, internal medicine subspecialists and medical oncologists, as part of the multi-disciplinary cancer team.
Oncology is concerned with the diagnosis, therapy, and follow-up care of patients with cancer, and palliative care of patients with terminal malignancies. Oncologists also focus on the ethical questions of cancer care in in conducting population screenings for cancer.
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