Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that involves treating cancer with radiation. Doctors who specialize in treating cancer with radiation are called radiation oncologists and have the ability to treat a wide variety of cancers.
Radiation therapy uses carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. Radiation causes some cancer cells to die immediately after treatment, but most die because radiation damages the chromosomes and DNA so the cells can no longer divide and the tumor cannot grow. Radiation is most effective at killing cells that are actively dividing.
Radiation oncology at St. Mary Mercy Livonia offers a full spectrum of radiation services, including consultation, complete three-dimensional treatment planning and follow-up care. State-of-the-art equipment coupled with a caring, compassionate staff provides a comprehensive approach to radiation treatment procedures. Our radiation oncologists coordinate treatments with surgeons and medical oncologists as part of a multi-specialty team approach, supported by social workers, nurses, dieticians, radiation therapists and others to assist cancer patients with their special needs.