Published Date : October 24, 2018
What is radiation oncology?
Radiation oncology sometimes referred as radiation therapy and radio therapy is a new medical technology that makes use of radiations in a controlled manner to treat or decrease pain and suffering for the cancer patients. The therapy makes use of ionizing radiation combined with other cancer treatments. Almost 40 percent of the patients who have found their way out of cancer went under the treatment that consisted of radiation therapy. The three types of radiation oncology are- Brachytherapy or sealed source radiation therapy, External beam radiation therapy also known as XRT or EBR Tor teletherapy and Systemic radioisotope therapy also known as unsealed source radiotherapy.
Who carries out radiation oncology?
The treatment is carried out by a radiation oncology team. The team consists of medical professionals mainly the three specialists the radiation oncologists or doctors, radiation oncology medical physicists and the radiation therapists. The team is highly trained and utilizes advanced and latest technologies efficiently in order to provide effective therapy with the help of radiations for the cancer patients. Oncology specialist can also perform the therapy individually but for that a doctor requires a lot of experience and knowledge.
What are the characteristics of radiation oncology?
It is a regular process- radio therapy is a medical treatment that has to be performed regularly and once can see the results eventually. It is a time consuming but a lifesaving process.