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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells or stop cancer cells from growing. Treatments are carefully planned to deliver as much radiation as possible to the cancer cells while limiting damage to healthy cells.

Radiation therapy can be delivered through external beam radiation, meaning the radiation comes from outside of the body, or through internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy), which uses radioactive sources that are placed into the body.

Radiation therapy does not kill cancer cells right away. It takes days or weeks of treatment before DNA is damaged enough for cancer cells to die. Then, cancer cells keep dying for weeks or months after radiation therapy ends.

The type of radiation therapy you receive depends on many factors, including:

  • The type of cancer
  • The size of the cancer
  • The cancer's location in the body
  • How close the cancer is to normal tissues that are sensitive to radiation
  • How far into the body the radiation needs to travel
  • Your general health and medical history
  • Whether you will have other types of cancer treatment
  • Other factors, such as your age and other medical conditions


Innovative Approaches to Radiation Oncology

Rochester Regional Health is excited to announce that radiation oncologist, Sheema Chawla, MD, is now offering two innovative procedures to treat AVMs and Mesothelioma.

For more information on either of these services, or to schedule a consultation, please call (585) 922-4031

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