Many people who are diagnosed with cancer receive radiation therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Our Radiation Oncology Program is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is a testament to both the qualifications of our multispecialty radiation oncology team as well as the safety and quality of our radiation delivery equipment. In sum, numerous patients confidently turn to the skilled professionals at Moffitt because we have extensive experience in designing, simulating and executing radiation treatment plans using state-of-the-art technology.
Designed to help destroy cancerous cells and shrink tumors, radiation therapy can be helpful for managing many types and stages of cancer. Additionally, it can be used at various times during the treatment process and delivered in several different ways. For instance, a radiation oncologist at Moffitt in Tampa, Florida, may recommend radiation therapy:
- As a primary cancer treatment
- Prior to surgery in order to shrink a cancerous tumor and make it easier for a surgeon to remove
- After surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells
- As part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes other options, such as chemotherapy
- To alleviate symptoms caused by advanced-stage cancer or an inoperable tumor
Powered by intense beams of energy, such as X-rays, radiation therapy is directed precisely at a tumor site. The goal is to damage the genetic materials that control the growth and division of the cancerous cells, while minimizing the effects on surrounding healthy tissue.
Depending on a patient’s needs, radiation therapy can take several forms, including external radiotherapy (external beam radiation), internal radiotherapy (brachytherapy), radiopharmaceuticals and INTRABEAM® breast cancer radiation treatment. For the convenience of our patients, Moffitt makes all of these therapies available at all of our locations.