About radiation oncology
Radiation/medical oncology is the treatment of cancer with effective medical and 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 medical and 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.
Types of radiation
The Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers the following radiation/medical 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 radiology 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 medical and 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 medical and 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.