Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Radiation Therapy?
The particular equipment necessary for performing radiation therapy is not always accessible when it comes to healthcare facilities, but at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital rest assured that you will find everything necessary for your safe and successful procedures.
Constant health monitoring and lucrative treatment techniques are accomplished with extreme care by our dedicated medical professionals, ensuring a successful outcome and better quality of life.
Radiation therapy is a painless procedure that uses high-energy radiation to eliminate cancer cells that may remain after surgery.
The dose of applied radiation depends on various factors regarding the patient, type of cancer, and reason for treatment, and is established by a radiation oncologist. You may receive radiotherapy daily, or during a series of visits, spread over several weeks, to minimize side effects.
Types of radiation therapy:
- External radiation therapy: outside the body.
- Short-term plastic tubes inside the breast: a partial breast radiation therapy, known as brachytherapy.
- Intraoperative radiation therapy: a quick, high-intensity single session targeted radiation conducted in the operating room, during lumpectomy surgery, right after tumor removal.
Radiation therapy is performed according to your oncologist's indications, who knows what type of therapy best fits you and your specific type of cancer.
The procedure may reduce the possibility of cancer recurrence due to immediately eliminating microscopic remnants of the disease and not giving cancer time to return.
The benefits are substantial and overcome any potential risks since the procedure only targets the cancerous area.
External radiation therapy: destroys tumors or cancer cells while minimizing the risk of radiation exposure to healthy organs and tissue.
Brachytherapy: ensures precise delivery of high-dose radiation to the targeted area and prevents healthy tissue from unnecessary exposure.
Intraoperative radiation therapy: delivered internally, through a single, rapid, and stronger dose of radiation, allowing for more precise targeting of the cancerous area.
External beam radiation is the most commonly used therapy. A special machine (linear accelerator) delivers a focused direct beam to the cancer site or surrounding areas, from several angles.
Brachytherapy involves placing a radiation source (thin tubes) inside the body or close the area needing treatment. This implant may be temporary or permanent.
Intraoperative radiation therapy: the device used in the procedure delivers low-energy radiation directly to the cavity where the tumor used to be before its removal from the breast. A spherical applicator is inserted into the tumor bed, transferring a small dose of radiation, followed by the closing of the incision.
Radiation therapy can be prescribed at various stages during your medical care: as the primary treatment for cancer, to shrink a cancerous tumor before surgery, to stop the growth of cancer cells after surgery, to destroy cancer cells combined with other treatments, and to relieve advanced cancer symptoms.
Radiation treatments are carefully planned to best provide a positive outcome and fewer side effects.
While most patients do not experience any discomfort or reactions during or after the procedure, there are still potential side effects, depending on the part of the body being treated, that may include fatigue or rashes, skin irritation in the treatment area, and low blood counts (in case you’re also combining your treatment with chemotherapy).
If you want to explore the use of radiation therapy in your treatment, the specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are here for you and can deliver the successful outcome that you need!
Find out more about radiation therapy at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital by calling us today at 310.823.8911.