Radiation therapy, also known as x-ray therapy, is a form of electromagnetic energy that can cause changes in human tissue. Because the energy used in treatment travels at the speed of light and cannot be detected by the senses, there is no sensation produced during radiation treatment—no pain, cold, heat or stinging. As a treatment, radiation is used in combination with chemotherapy or by itself to shrink or destroy individual cancer cells. It may be used prior to, during or after surgery. Radiation can also reduce pain, bleeding, pressure or other symptoms caused by cancer.
Patients seeking the most advanced treatment options for their cancer have the option to be treated at one of six central Indiana locations that IU School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology faculty treat patients. Treatment teams include nurses, dosimetrists, physicists, radiation therapists and radiation oncologists, ensuring that each patient benefits from the expertise needed to design a personal treatment plan using various forms of radiation.
Radiation Oncologists and investigators conduct leading-edge bench and clinical research and collaborate with clinicians, scientists and other physicians within the IU School of Medicine network, enabling them to develop innovative treatment options and apply the latest technology and new techniques for treating cancer.