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Radiation Oncology


Radi­a­tion ther­a­py uses tar­get­ed ener­gy to kill can­cer cells, shrink tumors and pro­vide relief of cer­tain can­cer-relat­ed symp­toms. Radi­a­tion oncol­o­gists are a part of the DuPage Med­ical Group Inte­grat­ed Oncol­o­gy Pro­gram and use the lat­est tech­nol­o­gy to deliv­er lead­ing-edge can­cer treat­ment. The goal of radi­a­tion ther­a­py is to deliv­er a pre­cise­ly mea­sured dose of radi­a­tion to a defined tumor vol­ume with min­i­mal dam­age to sur­round­ing nor­mal tis­sue, result­ing in erad­i­ca­tion of the tumor, a high­er qual­i­ty of life and pro­lon­ga­tion of sur­vival. The treat­ments are typ­i­cal­ly giv­en every day for a num­ber of weeks. Radi­a­tion can be a pri­ma­ry treat­ment, pal­lia­tive treat­ment and is often used in com­bi­na­tion with surgery and chemotherapy.