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
"You and your staff are absolutely amazing and wonderful. I feel so blessed to have been treated by you. The level of care and expertise you deliver is simply mind blowing. Every day you and your staff go way beyond the call of duty. God really knew what he was doing when he brought me to Valley View Hospital, into the hands of a remarkable doctor. I would like to express my eternal gratitude, but there [are] not enough words in the English language. Each and every one of you have given me so much. To have been on this journey with such an incredible group of people, there is no place else I would rather be. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for helping me through this very scary ordeal. Your guidance and support is unparalleled to anyone else. I will truly miss all of you."- L.M. / Office Visit / Mar 24, 2014
"Thanks isn’t a big enough word! You are all amazing care givers!"- V.S. / Office Visit / Jan 21, 2015
"To my radiation team! [There] aren’t words to describe how grateful I am to all of you for easing the pain of this journey and making it possible for my recovery from this horrible disease. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your caring, friendship, and compassion. I love you all!!"- B.G. / Office Visit / Oct 09, 2014
"Thanks for all the TLC you all have given us through [patient's] treatments. It takes special people to do special jobs and we have been surrounded by the very best. Your caring hearts, warm smiles and encouraging words have lightened this journey for us."- D.A. / Office Visit / Oct 09, 2014
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.