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Radiation Oncology

The Bryan Outpatient Radiation Oncology Center is located at Bryan Pine Lake Medical Campus, 3901 Pine Lake road, (402) 481-6090.

Now offering stereotactic body radiotherapy!  Click here for a detailed article about this revolutionary treatment performed by Joseph Kam Chiu, MD, medical director of Pine Lake IMRT Radiation Center.

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-invasive form of radiation using a 3D system to locate tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. Although this technology has been available for almost two decades, recent advances in 3D image guidance and intensity modulation have made this technology far more advanced than when it was first introduced. Call (402) 481-6090 for details.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient's pain.

Radiation therapy works because the radiation destroys the cancer cells' ability to reproduce and then the body naturally gets rid of these cells. About 50 to 60 percent of cancer patients are treated with radiation at some time during their disease.

 A  cancer patient may be treated with radiation alone. Prostate cancer and larynx cancer are often treated in this manner.

Joseph Kam Chiu, MD. Radiation Oncology.

Sometimes radiation therapy is only part of a patient's treatment. For example, a woman may have radiation therapy after breast conserving surgery. She can be cured of her cancer and still keep her breast. When radiation therapy is only part of a patient's treatment it is called adjuvant treatment.

Patients can be treated with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy before surgery. This may allow a patient to have less radical surgery than would otherwise be required. For example, some bladder cancer patients can keep their bladder if they are treated with all three treatments rather than only one treatment.

A radiation oncologist may use external beam radiation therapy which is radiation generated by a machine outside a patient's body. Radiation also may be given with radioactive sources that are put inside the patient. This is called brachytherapy.

 

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