What is Radiation Oncology?
Radiation oncology is a modality of treatment that involves the controlled use of radiation beams to treat cancer and the symptoms caused by cancer. Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, is the term used to describe the actual treatment delivered by the radiation oncology team.
Radiation therapy can be delivered to treat a wide range of cancers and may be used alone or in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments. Radiation therapy is usually non-invasive and does not require a patient to be admitted for the treatment.
Importance of Radiation Oncology
The constant advances in the technology used for radiation oncology are helping us deliver successful outcomes for more number of patients through higher cure rates, reduced damage to the healthy tissues, shorter treatment time and improved quality of life. The latest technologies provide three-dimensional images of tumours that precisely target radiation beams to the cancer, limiting damage to the healthy tissues, along with advances such as real-time imaging, which captures the smallest involuntary patient movements, such as breathing.
Following facilities available for Radiation Therapy in the Department:
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy facility
- Brachytherapy Facility
Dr. Y.S Madhavi,
is a Senior Radiation Oncologist in Bharath Hospital & Institute of Oncology, Mysuru. She joined in the year 1995. She has 25 years experience in the field of Radiation Oncology.