WHAT WE OFFER

Radiation Therapy uses high-energy radiation beams to treat or cure cancer, or to provide relief from cancer symptoms. In high doses, radiation destroys cells in the area being treated. Approximately half of all cancer patients require radiation treatment at some point during the course of their illness.

In some cases, patients may receive radiation treatment alone, without surgery or other treatments. Some patients may receive radiation treatment and chemotherapy at the same time (often called “chemoradiation”). For some types of cancer, the combination of chemotherapy and radiation may destroy more cancer cells (increasing the likelihood of a cure), but it may also cause more side effects.

The radiation therapy centre is a partnership between Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and Lakeridge Health.

WHO WE ARE

Radiation therapy involves a team of healthcare professionals. Along with your Cancer Care team, you may see the following:

  • Radiation Oncologist

  • Radiation Oncology Nurse

  • Medical Physicist

  • Dosimetrist

  • Radiation Therapist

SEEKING CARE

Based on the type of cancer you are diagnosed with, radiation therapy treatment may be prescribed by your oncologist.  PRHC’s radiation therapy team may treat you, or you may be referred to a partner centre for treatment. There are numerous factors at play that decide where you may receive radiation therapy treatment.

HOW TO REFER TO RADIATION THERAPY

PRHC’s radiation therapy centre is part of a network of cancer services and hospitals providing care to people in a broad region. The referral process for Cancer Care at PRHC applies to radiation therapy as well.

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