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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy slows and stops tumor and cancer cell growth. It can be used before surgery to shrink a tumor, making it easier for the surgeon to remove the tumor or relieve pain. Radiation therapy may also be indicated after surgery to impede tumor regrowth.

The radiation treatment plan will be developed based on our patient's individual needs. Not all cancers require radiation therapy. Most radiation therapy is performed on a regular schedule (often daily) for several weeks. 

There are two types of radiation therapy — internal and external. The type of radiation therapy you receive depends on several factors, such as the type of cancer a patient may have and the size and location of the tumor(s). 

Internal Radiation

Internal radiation is a type of therapy in which radioactive material is placed inside a patient's body near the tumor or tumor site if radiation is given after surgical removal.

External Radiation

External radiation therapy is delivered using a linear accelerator via a highly targeted beam of radiation. It attacks the tumor area from several angles to kill cancer cells with precision.

At this time, WakeMed does not offer radiation therapy as we do not have a linear accelerator. As a result, if needed, you will be referred to an outpatient radiation therapy center close to you. We will work closely with the center and radiation oncologist to ensure your care is well coordinated to meet your care needs.