Radiation for Cancer Treatment
Everything your family needs to know
Radiation uses high levels of energy to attack cancer cells. The energy usually comes from X-rays, gamma rays and fast-moving tiny particles called proton beam therapy. Radiation attacks healthy cells as well as cancer cells, so some side effects can occur.
There are two ways in which radiation is given:
In general, early radiation side effects are not severe. Long term consequences of radiation therapy will depend greatly on dosages and location of the area being treated. Some of the most common issues are skin problems, exhaustion and low red blood cells (anemia). If you child’s side effects become overwhelming or distressing, we can offer therapies to provide some relief.
Our nurses specialize in care and compassion
All of our nurse practitioners are specially trained in childhood cancers, which means you can rely on them for care and understanding as your child goes through cancer treatment.
We will never stop fighting until there is a cure for all cancers. That’s why we actively participate in clinical trials, which as a result, provided major advances and higher cure rates for many childhood cancers. As a member of the Children's Oncology Group, we offer the latest trial protocols that represent the best care available. This means your child never receives a treatment that hasn't already been tested. We only offer proven, evidence-based treatments. Please visit our clinical trials page to see our current trials.
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