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This page offers an overview of the services we offer at the Cancer Care Center of York County.
Compassionate care for patients with cancer
After a patient has been diagnosed with cancer, his or her primary care physician or oncologist will develop a treatment plan that may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or all three. At the Cancer Care Center of York County, we provide chemotherapy and radiation therapy, We will also assist in making referrals for other cancer care services such as genetic counseling, palliative care and hospice care. Part of our role as a Cancer Center is to educate and inform both our patients and the larger community.
If you become a patient at the Cancer Care Center of York County, we will maintain close communication with your primary care doctor and oncologist, so you’ll never lose continuity in those important relationships. We also (with your permission of course) will maintain close communication with your family and friends, whose support and understanding are so important to your recovery.
Radiation therapy (radiation oncology)
Radiation therapy utilizes high-energy rays (such as x-rays) to kill or shrink cancer cells and to treat other benign conditions.
In treating cancer, the radiation may come from outside of the body (external radiation) or from radioactive materials placed directly in the tumor (brachytherapy). Radiation therapy may be used:
- To reduce the size of a cancer before surgery
- To destroy any remaining cancer cells after surgery, or, in some cases,
- As the primary treatment for cancer and other diseases.
Our radiation treatment center features:
- Dual-energy x-ray “accelerator” with electron capabilities
- CT simulator with a 3-D conformal treatment planning system
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
Our radiation team includes:
Radiation Oncologists specify what is to be treated and for how long. This includes the amount of radiation you will receive each day and the total number of treatment days.
Spectrum Medical Group actively enrolls patients in NRG and RTOG Foundation studies.
Our radiation oncologists see patients with all types of cancer, and we have developed special expertise in head and neck, gynecological, genitourinary, gastrointestinal and breast. Through close cooperation with our surgical and medical colleagues, we have developed cutting edge multidisciplinary treatment methods. Investigational protocols are available as a result of our relationship with the National Cancer Institute.
Medical Physicists and Dosimetrists plan and calculate the proper radiation dose for treatment using a therapy-planning computer.
For more information about radiation therapy, we encourage you to visit the Web site of the Center’s radiation oncology physicians: Spectrum Medical Group.