If you’re being treated for cancer, radiation oncology may be part of your care. It’s natural to have questions about this treatment, and we’re here to walk you through each step. We provide advanced radiation therapy with fewer side effects, because your complete well-being matters.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Siteman Cancer Center and the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center are two programs accessible through BJC HealthCare. Radiation oncology is often a critical part of a cancer treatment plan. And It matters where you receive radiation oncology treatment. We provide exceptional radiation therapy through our:
- Multidisciplinary team: Our board-certified radiation oncologists work with physicians and cancer biologists who specialize in radiation therapy. This expert team is highly experienced in delivering the most effective dose that targets cancer while avoiding healthy tissue.
- Advanced technology: Our cancer centers are equipped with the latest technology to deliver proven radiotherapy care. We provide advanced treatments like intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which targets tumors using highly detailed 3D imaging.
- Customized care: Our experts evaluate your health history and the tumor type, size and location before creating your radiation therapy plan. We also closely track your progress so we can adjust your therapy to achieve the best outcome.
- Nurse navigators: Cancer treatment can be overwhelming, so we provide the support you deserve. You receive a dedicated nurse navigator who schedules your appointments, answers your questions and connects you with helpful resources.
- Compassion and support: Your physical and emotional well-being is our priority. Whether you’re experiencing side effects or need mental health care, our team listens and provides the support you deserve.
Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, uses radioactive beams of energy to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy can shrink tumors, stop them from growing or destroy them completely. Usually, you need multiple radiation therapy sessions over several weeks for full results.
Older radiotherapy methods were less precise and would damage healthy cells around the tumor, causing more severe side effects. We use advanced radiation therapy techniques that greatly reduce damage to your surrounding healthy tissue.
Our team is here to listen and provide care for your physical and emotional needs throughout your treatment. Our social workers can help you with school or work challenges, transportation or other daily needs. Our physicians prescribe medications to help you feel better, such as anti-nausea medicines. And our behavioral health team treats depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions that can occur with cancer.
Many cancers can be treated with radiotherapy, either alone or with other treatments like chemotherapy or immunotherapy. In fact, more than half of all people with cancer receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment.
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