What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy is the process where high energy radiation is used to target specific cancer cells. Your Radiation Oncologist, a physician specializing in Radiation Therapy, strives for two goals during the planning and delivery of your therapy. The first goal is to deliver the necessary amount of radiation to the planned volume in order to eliminate the cancer cells while the second goal is to minimize the amount of radiation the surrounding, healthy tissue.

This is accomplished by utilizing very specific, highly technical equipment, computers and software. At the Carl Larson Cancer Center, our goal is to continually modify and expand our Radiation Therapy Department in order to make the most use of cutting edge technology. This includes an Accuray TomoTherapy HiArt radiation delivery system. This is the most precise radiation therapy delivery system available. At the Carl Larson Cancer Center, we also utilize

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and

Breast Brachytherapy.

What should you expect on your visits to the Carl Larson Cancer Center?

We are here to guide you through your treatment and be as helpful as possible. Anytime you have a question, we encourage you ask one of our technical staff, nursing staff or one of the physicians.  To get you started, you can download Your Guide To Radiation Therapy by clicking the link.

Has the Carl Larson Cancer Center been certified by an independent agency?

Yes we have. In fact, the Carl Larson Cancer Center is one of only 3 radiation oncology centers in the state of West Virginia who has successfully achieved certification by two separate agencies. One is the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) and the other is the American College of Radiology (ACR) in Radiation Oncology. The certification by the American College of Radiology is the most difficult certification to achieve. For this reason, there are only 3 facilities in West Virginia who have passed the certification process for the ACR in Radiation Oncology. The Carl Larson Cancer Center is the only center south of Huntington, WV to be granted ACR accreditation! Please see the ACR video below to learn why this is important. Also, click here to learn about our other accreditations.

Are the side effects from Radiation Therapy?

Yes. As with many medical treatment procedures, there are common side effects that can occur during the course of your radiation therapy. The can include skin conditions, nausea, fatigue and loss of appetite. All side effects will be closely monitored by the Radiation Oncologist and our Nurse Practitioner staff.

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