Welcome to Radiation Therapy Center
Internal & External Radiation Therapy • Radiation Oncology • Radiation Treatment
What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation Therapy uses targeted energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and provide relief of some cancer related symptoms. Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA within cancer cells and destroying their ability to reproduce.

When the damaged cancer cells are destroyed by radiation, the body naturally eliminates them.

Normal cells can be affected by radiation, but they are able to repair themselves.

Sometimes, radiation therapy is the only treatment a patient needs. Other times, it is combined with other treatments like surgery and chemotherapy.

The Radiation Oncologist works closely with surgeons, internal medicine physcians and medical oncologists as part of a multi-disciplinary cancer team.

How is Radiation Therapy Used?

Radiation Therapy is used 2 different ways:

  1. To Cure Cancer
    1. Destroy tumors that have not spread to other body parts
    2. Reduce the risk that cancer
      will return after surgery or chemotherapy

  2. To Reduce Symptoms
    1. Shrink tumors affecting quality of life ex: lung tumor causing shortness of breath
    2. Alleviate pain by reducing the size of a tumor

Brief History of Radiation Therapy

  • The first patient was treated with radiation in 1896, two months after the discovery of the X-ray.

  • Back then, both doctors and non-physicians treated cancer patients with radiation.

  • Rapid technological advances began in the early 1950s with cobalt units, followed by linear accelerators a few years later.

  • Recent technological advances have made radiation more effective and precise.

Radiation Therapy Center
1351 Kimberly Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722-4130
Phone: 563.441.1998
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