At Anchorage and Valley Radiation Centers we offer a wide range of world-class radiation oncology treatment options for a variety of cancers. Our highly trained physicians and staff works closely with patients, family members and their referring physicians to provide patient-focused treatment in a comfortable, conveniently located facility.
Radiation therapy is used either alone or in combination with surgery and medications to treat cancer and other diseases. It works by damaging the genetic material within cancer cells. This makes it difficult for these cells to reproduce. When these cells die, they are naturally eliminated by the body.
- Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA.
- Radiation therapy can damage normal cells as well as cancer cells. Therefore, treatment must be carefully planned to minimize side effects.
- The radiation used for cancer treatment may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near tumor cells or injected into the bloodstream.
- A patient may receive radiation therapy before, during, or after surgery, depending on the type of cancer being treated.
- Some patients receive radiation therapy alone, and some receive radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy.
Be sure to watch our video located in "Your First Visit" in the Patient Information section. Additionally, the Elekta Patient Center is an excellent resource for your unanswered questions.