Understanding Radiation Oncology

By Priti S. Patel, M.D.

Surgeon, Radiation Oncology
Riverview Medical Center
Shore Radiation Oncology Associates

It's easy to be intimidated when you hear the words "radiation therapy."

But once you know the facts, it's easy to see why radiation oncology continues to provide even greater hope for cancer patients worldwide.

Priti Patel, M.D., recently took time away from her responsibilities as part of the Radiation Oncology team at Riverview Medical Center to help explain and demystify the technology of radiation therapy.

Her responses offer valuable insight into this revolutionary form of cancer treatment.

"(Radiation oncology) is one of the most vital treatments available throughout the broad spectrum of cancer care," Patel says. "It may sound intimidating, but as a treatment option, it's invaluable."

Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Treatments are Effective

    "Radiation therapy can successfully prevent cancer from coming back locally," Patel says. "And it's one of the most commonly used treatments for breast cancer."

  • Treatments are Manageable

    "Treatments last no more than 10 to 15 minutes a day - and are totally painless," Patel says. "Throughout therapy, patients remain functional and are able to to continue with their daily lives and routines. Many patients even continue to work while they undergo treatment."

  • Side Effects are Minimal

    Side effects are minimal, with advancements in technology continuing to reduce these even further. This technology has also greatly reduced patient recovery time."