The Regional Cancer Center at Mary Washington Healthcare boasts a world-class
Radiation Oncology prorgram led by Board Certified Radiation Oncologists.
In addition to having,
Stereotactic Radiosurgery, the most advanced radiation treatment available, patients and physicians
throughout the region have been able to find the right level of treatment
at the MWHC Regional Cancer Center.
Radiation Therapy at the Regional Cancer Center
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill or shrink cancer cells,
and to decrease their ability to divide. The MWHC Regional Cancer Center
uses various radiation treatments to find the best plan of care for the
patient. We provide:
What are the types of radiation therapy?
There are generally two types of radiation therapy:
External radiation (external beam therapy) - a treatment that precisely sends high levels of radiation directly to
the cancer cells. The machine is controlled by the radiation therapist.
Since radiation is used to kill cancer cells, special shields may be used
to protect the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Radiation treatments
are similar to getting X-rays - they are painless and usually last a few
minutes. This type of radiation therapy may be given daily for several weeks.
Internal radiation (brachytherapy) - a procedure that uses small, radioactive seeds (each about the size
of a grain of rice) that are implanted directly into the cancerous prostate
tumor. The implanted seeds may be left in permanently or may be only temporary.
The seeds emit small amounts of radiation for a period of weeks or months.
What to expect with radiation therapy:
A radiation oncologist will plan your radiation treatment based on your
medical history, a physical examination, pathology and laboratory reports,
and previous mammograms and surgeries. Your chest area will be marked
with ink that must stay on your skin for the course of your treatments.
These markings assure that the radiation will be given to the exact area
Radiation treatment is like having a standard x-ray, but the radiation
is stronger. The treatment lasts only a few minutes and is painless. A
typical course of radiation treatment of this type is treatment for five
days per week over a six-week period. If chemotherapy is also to be given,
radiation treatment may not be given until after chemotherapy has been
MWHC Radiation Therapy Sites
MWHC Regional Cancer Center Radiation Oncology services span our region
in two convenient locations:
Mary Washington Hospital Radiation Oncology
1300 Sam Perry Boulevard, Suite 101
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Mary Washington Hospital Radiation Oncology is located in a dedicated Cancer
Services building on the Mary Washington Hospital Medical Campus. We offer
stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), a safe alternative to open surgery with little to no recovery time. One
of the most recent major medical advances in fighting cancer, SRS has
revolutionized brain and lung cancer treatments.
Stafford Hospital Radiation Oncology
125 Hospital Drive, Suite 125
Stafford, VA 22554
Stafford Hospital Radiation Therapy is located in the Stafford Medical
Pavilion adjacent to Stafford Hospital. It features the Varian RapidArc
linear accelerator, sister equipment to the TrueBeam.
Rapid Arc is a powerful new linear accelerator that is capable of delivering
radiation at a faster dose rate with highly precise targeting. Benefits
to patients include faster treatment times and an even greater degree
of protection from radiation exposure for healthy surrounding tissues.
To learn more about our Radiation Oncology programs, talk to one our specially
trained Nurse Navigators at 540.741.1769.
Regional Cancer Center at Montross
Opening in Summer 2016, radiation therapies will be available to our cancer
patients located in the Northern Neck of Virginia. To learn more about
this facility and its services, call 540.741.0655.