Welcome to Radiation Therapy Center
Internal & External Radiation Therapy • Radiation Oncology • Radiation Treatment
Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Radiation
Therapy (CT Simulation)
  • Each treatment is mapped out in detail using treatment planning software and CT data

  • Radiation therapy must be aimed at the same target every time. Doctors use several devices to do this:
    • Skin markings or tattoos
    • Immobilization devices (casts, molds, or headrests)

Is Radiation Therapy Safe?
  • Many advances have been made in the field to ensure it remains safe and effective.

  • Multiple health care professionals develop and review the treatment plan to ensure that the target area is receiving the dose of radiation needed.

  • The treatment plan and equipment are constantly checked to ensure proper treatment is being given.

Side Effects of Radiation Therapy:
  • Side effects, like skin tenderness, are generally limited to the area receiving radiation

  • Unlike chemotherapy, radiation usually doesn't cause hair loss or nausea.

  • Most side effects begin during the second or third week of treatment

  • Side effects may last for several weeks after the final treatment.

Contact Radiation Therapy Center of the Quad Cities area to discuss internal or external radiation therapy, as well as to learn more about radiation oncology at our location in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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