Rex Cancer Center offers radiation therapy at locations in Raleigh, Wakefield, Smithfield and Clayton. Through partnership with UNC Radiation Oncology Services, Rex offers cutting-edge, comprehensive cancer care at a single point of contact. Rex/UNC Radiation Oncology is led by renowned, board-certified physicians who use the latest technologies and treatments to provide a broad scope of services and the highest quality of care to patients.
Rex/UNC Radiation Oncology provides each patient the added convenience of not having to travel far from home for the same quality of care found at the nationally recognized N.C. Cancer Hospital and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill. Together, the dedicated staff cares for the whole patient - mind, body and spirit.
Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Radiation therapy can be classified as external beam (when a machine outside your body aims radiation at cancer cells) or internal (when radiation is put inside your body, in or near the cancer cells). Sometimes people get both forms of radiation therapy.
When given in high doses, radiation kills or slows the growth of cancer cells. Radiation therapy is used to cure, slow or stop the growth of cancer. In fact, more than half of people with cancer get radiation therapy. Sometimes, it is the only kind of cancer treatment people need.
Radiation therapy not only kills or slows the growth of cancer cells, but it can also affect nearby healthy cells. The healthy cells almost always recover after treatment is over. But sometimes people may have side effects that do not get better or are severe. Doctors make it a priority to protect healthy cells during treatment.
Talk to your physician about how radiation therapy may play a role in your treatment. Together, you can decide if it is right for you.
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