About radiation oncology
Radiation oncology is the treatment of cancer with effective radiation treatment. There are many different forms of cancers and radiation therapies. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, our certified team of radiation oncologists will create a unique treatment plan for every individual. The form of radiation used will depend on the type of cancer and its location. Our overall goal at CYCC is to safely and effectively treat men and women who are battling cancer to help prevent malignant cells from spreading in hope to eradicate the disease completely.
Radiation Oncology Reviews
"We wanted to tell you about our recent and ongoing experience at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center. A cancer diagnosis is life-changing and so our experience with your facility, nursing and allied staff, and doctors is very important for both patient and caregiver. We hope our few remarks below will help you with your administration of the center and give assurance to new patients about the quality of care they can expect. We’ve learned from other sources that the technology offered is state of the art. The facility is beautiful. The exam rooms and waiting areas are welcoming and comforting to the patient and caregiver. In his work, the patient has been in cancer centers around the country, including university hospitals, and none compare. The nursing and allied staff, were all dedicated to doing their best and concerned about the patient’s well-being at all times. They were also committed to learning any new procedures or processes and did so with interest whereas in other places, the same people might not be as attentive due to the volume of patients seen or a high level of stress experienced by staff. Thank you, for checking in with us so often and showing such compassion to our family members."- S.E. / Office Visit / Mar 12, 2013
"Greetings Dr. Rossi, I don't know who hires and trains your employees but I have to say, I have never in all my travels, through 20 countries in this world and every state in the United States, I have never, ever met such Quality, Caring and Professional people anywhere. From my first contact as well as my follow-up, not to mention the oversight of the nurse navigator and her expertise and watchful caring, as well as your personal nurse, to integrated therapies, who ever does your hiring and training, it is the best place I've ever been in this world- Congratulations, keep it up!!! One last comment. In my quest to find the best treatment I was told by three different doctors that you were unquestionably the BEST! In my experience in working with you thus far you have surpassed what your colleagues have said about you. I don't know if you have any idea what that does emotionally and realistically in a patient's heart, but I can tell you it adds to the healing - Big Time! I say two thumbs up to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center and Valley View!"- J.H. / Office Visit / Feb 12, 2019
"I am a patient of Dr. Rossi at the Cancer Center and am currently on my 18th day of 22 days of radiation treatment for prostate cancer. I am 75 years old, have experienced cancer previously and have been in numerous hospitals and cancer centers. My experience at the Calaway-Young Cancer Center has been extraordinary in every way. From the smiles on everyone's faces when they greet you, to the navigating care, to the Dr's, to the follow-up, the physical beauty of the facilities, the state of the art equipment and complimentary services, takes this to a whole different level of health care. Myself, my wife and my mother-in-law have all told everyone we know in the Vail Valley, where we live, that working with this facility makes an unpleasant medical ordeal as pleasant as an experience of this nature can be. I've had several surgeries at [another facility] and there is just no comparison to the care."- E.A. / Office Visit / Jan 23, 2019
"How do you thank a group of, at one time strangers, now friends, for working so hard with you to save your life? For making a daunting and terrifying time a warm and loving time. The kindness, compassion and care that you all have shown me is overwhelming. Thor this, each and every one of you will not ever be forgotten."- B.B. / Office Visit / Nov 13, 2018
"I wanted to express my gratitude for your professionalism and amazing gift of caring for people! I have had a number of experiences with a variety of health professionals and your team rates over the top! This journey with cancer has been by far the most challenging health issue, yet one of the most positive! This is thanks to you and the other entities involved with the Cancer Center! I was very impressed with the way you handled our “little bump in the road” with communication about the first simulation and positioning! I trust your team has grown from that experience and I want you to know that your support, understanding, and professionalism did not go unnoticed! Your process of handling it instilled trust and confidence! The thought to involve integrative therapies was superb! It really brought me through!"- anonymous / Office Visit / Feb 18, 2020
Types of radiation
The Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers the following radiation treatments:
- CT radiation therapy planning
- True Beam Linear Accelerator
- Electron Beam external radiation
- Photon external radiation
- HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy
- LDR (low dose rate) brachytherapy/seed implantation
- Orthovoltage superficial (skin cancer) external radiation
- Open source I131 (thyroid)
- Xofigo (RA 223) prostate
- Optune® cap for a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
- Vision RT
- SpaceOAR (prostate)
- 4D CT planning (motion planning lung cancer)
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- SBRT (stereotactic body radiosurgery)
Benefits and Risks?
Depending on the type and dosage of radiation used and the location of the treatment (head, breasts, prostate, skin, stomach, etc.), the risks will vary and everyone will respond differently as each person has a unique biological makeup. Common side effects of radiation include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin issues, hair loss, and fatigue. Although exposing your body to radiation may result in adverse side effects, the benefit of eliminating cancer far outweighs these temporary symptoms.
Our radiation Oncology team
Prior to any treatment, our cancer team will sit down with you to discuss all your options, what you can expect, and potential side effects that you might experience. Our compassionate team of board-certified radiation oncologists and biotherapy-certified nurses are here to walk you through your treatment one step at a time, from start to finish. We understand that everyone's experience with cancer is different and are committed to providing you with attentive, personalized treatment.
If you have been referred to Calaway·Young Cancer Center by your radiation oncologist or health care professional, do not hesitate to call our office at Valley View Hospital to learn more. Our seasoned cancer team can discuss all your options and help determine which radiation treatment may be best for you. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, we are dedicated to providing you with high-quality patient care.