Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Helps Patients Fight Cancer

Using radiation to fight growing cancer cells is called radiation therapy. The physicians who plan and order radiation therapy treatments are called radiation oncologists, and at Hahne Regional Cancer Center, the radiation oncologist and his team make up the Radiation Oncology Department.

Specially trained staff use a machine called a linear accelerator to direct painless, high energy radiation at cancerous tissues. Hahne Regional Cancer Center uses the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System, an advanced, image-guided system that delivers precisely targeted radiation therapy with speed and accuracy.

The TrueBeam system, from Varian Medical Systems, was engineered to deliver more powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. It integrates new imaging and motion management technologies that make it possible to deliver treatments more quickly while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. This system has opened the door to new possibilities for the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, and other cancers. The precision of the system at Hahne is measured in increments of less than a millimeter.

A Team Fighting for You

You are never alone in your fight against cancer. You have a team - the radiation oncologist, the physicist, a professional called a dosimetrist, who calculates the individual radiation treatment, along with specially-trained radiation therapists and oncology nurses. Other health care professionals also are available to help throughout your care at the center.

Before starting radiation treatments, you will have a treatment planning or simulation appointment. This is a very important process because it provides the radiation oncologist, physicist and dosimetrist the information they need to assure safe and accurate delivery of your radiation therapy. The simulation process takes, on average, one hour.

Radiation treatments are administered by radiation therapists under the direction of the radiation oncologist. Radiation treatments are usually given five days a week for two to seven consecutive weeks. Each session lasts only a few minutes, so your treatment visits to the center will be brief.

Because radiation therapy affects bone marrow, the body’s cell-producing factory, your blood counts will be monitored periodically throughout your treatment. Patients are evaluated by the radiation oncologist and the oncology nurse at least once a week during the course of therapy.


Radiation Oncology at Penn Highlands

Hahne Regional Cancer Center is the premier cancer care provider for the region. The physicians who plan and order radiation therapy treatments are called radiation oncologists, and at Hahne Regional Cancer Center, the radiation oncologist and his team make up the Radiation Oncology Department.

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Hahne Regional Cancer Center

Penn Highlands DuBois
DuBois PA, 15801
814-375-3535

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Upcoming Radiation Oncology Events

January 20191312:00 AM

Breast Cancer Support Group - Jan 2019

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Breast Cancer Support Group - Feb 2019

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Breast Cancer Support Group - Apr 2019

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