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Radiation Oncology

At OhioHealth, we understand the challenges you face with daily radiation cancer treatment.

Most types of radiation therapy require traveling to a treatment facility up to five days a week for several weeks in a row. That’s why we offer you the choice of four locations for radiation treatment. Using integrated, state-of-the-art computer technology and advanced medical equipment, our facilities are set up so you can receive care wherever it’s most convenient for you.

How Our Facilities Work As One

Scheduling your radiation therapy at an OhioHealth facility that’s close to your home or work can make a big difference when it comes to managing your life during cancer treatment.

Sometimes another one of our locations might be more convenient for you. That’s why we’ve set up our radiation treatment facilities so you can reschedule your appointment to a new OhioHealth location, and we’ll be ready for you.   

Our linear accelerators (LINAC), which deliver the life-saving radiation beams, behave identically at our four locations because we’ve purposefully configured them with beam-matching technology. The meticulous imaging and positioning created for you that’s integral to your treatment will be the same - no matter where you go for radiation treatment at OhioHealth.

Your treatment plan can be accessed and implemented at all our locations.

How Your Radiation Oncology Team Travels With You 

Your radiation oncologist can’t physically be in two places at one time, but he or she can continue to manage your treatment wherever you are – because our advanced technology allows us to do just that.

  • Medical records, treatment plans and imaging studies exist in real-time, so your records are accessible to all our radiation oncology facilities. That means your radiation oncology team can see instantaneously where you’re being treated and get up-to-the minute information on your progress.
  • We also have high definition video conferencing capabilities that allow our staff to have face-to-face consultations, so we can get together from many locations to review your case in real-time.
  • If for some reason there’s a question while you’re being treated, your radiation therapist can send a real-time image from the LINAC on which you’re positioned to your radiation oncologist at another OhioHealth location. Your therapist and doctor can interact to resolve the question, as if they were working side-by-side.

The Radiation Treatments We Offer 

External

  • IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
  • IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy)
  • Tomotherapy (a hybrid of IMRT and IGRT)
  • SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery)
    • Intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery
  • SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy)
    • Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy

Internal

  • Interstitial brachytherapy
  • Intracavity brachytherapy
  • Radioactive prostate seed implants
  • High dose rate brachytherapy

Your Radiation Oncology Team Explained 

Radiation Oncologist

The radiation oncologist is a medical doctor who works with the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure each treatment is given accurately. The radiation oncologist also monitors your progress and adjusts your treatments as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its targeted tumor, while minimizing side effects.

Radiation Therapist

A radiation therapist is a specially licensed therapist who administers your daily radiation treatment under the radiation oncologist’s prescription and supervision.

Medical Dosimetrist

A medical dosimetrist calculates the exact dose of radiation required for your cancer treatment. A medical dosimetrist aims to effectively treat the tumor, while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. He or she works closely with your radiation oncologist.

Medical Physicist

A medical physicist oversees the work of the dosimetrist to help ensure your treatment is properly tailored to your clinical needs. A medical physicist also collaborates with your radiation oncologist to design your treatment routines, take precise measurements of the radiation beam and monitors the equipment and procedures to ensure you receive the prescribed dose of radiation.