Serving the community for more than 15 years, Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine is committed to providing exceptional care to cancer patients in Rome and the surrounding rural areas. Since daily treatments often last two to eight weeks, our patients appreciate the convenience of receiving their radiation therapy close to home. Here they discover a welcoming environment that complements the expertise of our friendly staff and advanced technology. Under the direction of board certified radiation oncologist, Linda L. Schicker, M.D., our staff provides comprehensive and compassionate radiation therapy services that have earned the trust of patients and area physicians. The team understands your need for honest and straight-forward information about cancer treatment. We work together with you and your referring physician to develop an individualized treatment plan. Dr. Schicker is easily accessible to answer your questions and offer you continuity of care during your treatment.
Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine provides radiation therapy to treat cancer patients, using an intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) system equipped with portal imaging. This computer-aided technology provides precision in treating cancer because of its dynamic targeting system.
IMRT can be used to treat many different types of cancer, including tumors in the prostate, brain, pancreas, liver, breast, head, neck and lungs. It also allows safer treatment of tumors, which are located very close to delicate organs like the eye, spinal cord or rectum.
Radiation therapy is often used with chemotherapy and surgery to treat cancer. The radiation can be delivered with an external beam, or it can be delivered internally with the use of radioactive sources.
The rapidly growing cancer cells are sensitive to radiation; the radiation sterilizes the cells and prevents them from reproducing or kills them.
Radiation therapy can treat many types of cancer; however, not all patients are candidates for this method of cancer treatment. Your radiation oncologist, in coordination with your referring physician, will determine whether or not you are a candidate for radiation therapy.
Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, your treatment will generally last three to seven weeks. Although you will receive treatment daily, Monday through Friday, your appointment will be short and painless. The therapist will assess your condition daily before treatment, and you will also see the radiation oncologist at least once a week.
While trying to destroy cancer cells, some healthy cells will also be damaged. This can produce side effects such as sore throat or fatigue. However, most patients experience only minimal side effects and healthy cells that have been damaged can recover from radiation, whereas cancer cells are destroyed.
There is no pain associated with Radiation Treatments. The treatments are like chest x-rays; you don’t feel them. Each treatment ranges from 1 to 2 ½ minutes.
Continuity of care is an important component of cancer treatment. Your radiation oncologist will continue to see you periodically following completion of your treatment. She will also discuss follow-up care for continued monitoring of your health.
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