Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy of cancer involves the use of high energy x-rays designed to maximize the effect on cancer cells. We use a linear accelerator and 3-Dimentional treatment planning to maximize the effect on cancer cells while minimizing the effects on normal tissue. Our professional staff is available to meet your special treatment needs and to offer assistance in answering your questions. 
 

Radiation Oncologist

Our radiation oncologist is Joel Schwartz D.O., who trained at Upstate University Hospital in Syracruse, New York.  He is board certified in radiation oncology.
 
The radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer with radiation. He will work closely with your other doctors in developing an overall treatment plan for your
cancer.
 

Consultation

Your first appointment at the center will be a consultation with the doctor. He will review your medical history and records and examine you. He will determine if radiation therapy is an appropriate part of your treatment program. He will talk with you and your family and explain the possible benefits of radiation treatments, the use of alternative treatments when indicated as well as potential side effects.  
 

Simulation 

This is an important step in the planning of your radiation treatments. You will be asked to lie very still on a table while the doctor and the radiation therapist measure the area(s) to be treated. They will use a CT scanner for the simulation. During this time special molds may be made to help position your body for your daily treatments. This process "simulates" the position you will be in during each of your treatments. This process will take 30-60 minutes to complete.
 

Treatment Planning

The physics department uses the information from the simulator and treatment planning, to design a treatment program especially for you. The doctor and physicist will determine how best to give the necessary amount of radiation to the tumor. If necessary, special lead "blocks" will be made to protect normal tissue.
 

Treatment

You will be treated daily using a machine called a linear accelerator, which generates high energy x-rays and electron beams that are directed to the tumor area. The treatment takes only a few minutes, and is NOT painful. You will not become radioactive from the treatments.
 

Patient Management

You will see the doctor at least weekly so that he can monitor your progress. X-rays and blood tests will be ordered periodically.
 

Professional Staff

The radiation therapists administering your daily treatment are well trained and board certified. The physicist is a specialist in radiation physics and treatment planning. He is also responsible for quality control that ensures quality treatment. The dosimetrist assists the physicist and is responsible for making the blocks and molds.