Radiation oncology is a local, regional treatment that uses high energy x-rays to damage cancer cells and prevent them from growing. Radiation treatments only affect cells in the treated area. External radiation is usually given on an outpatient basis, 5 days per week, for a total of 20-45 treatments, depending on what is prescribed by the physician. Patients are not radioactive during or after their treatment. Side effects depend on the area being treated and will be discussed prior to treatment initiation. The side effects are usually mild and can be treated or controlled.
Adams County Cancer Center is staffed by qualified professionals, consisting of the following:
Dr. Prakash Patel – Radiation Oncologist
Dr. Patel is board certified by the American College of Radiology. He is the physician who has specialized in radiation oncology and will prescribe the radiation treatments.
Barbara Evans, MS DABR – Radiation Physicist
This is the professional who is highly educated on medical radiation physics and ensures that our linear accelerator is operating properly. The physicists also double-checks all radiation calculations to make certain the radiation dose is being properly delivered.
Jeremie Pfankuch, RT (T), CMD
Professional who is responsible for planning the radiation treatments by using sophisticated computers designed specifically to calculate radiation dose.
JD Watters, RT (T) ,
Jill Mullis, RT (T)
These are the professionals who will accurately deliver the radiation therapy according to the plan approved by the physician.