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Radiation Therapy

About Our Program

St. Jude Medical Center is a leader in radiation therapy, one of the most effective ways to combat certain types of cancer. Our widely respected specialists perform many of the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment procedures in use today, allowing us to improve cure rates while lowering side effects. By offering one of the area’s most comprehensive arrays of radiation oncology services, St. Jude has become the first choice of patients and families throughout Orange County.

Highly Respected Specialists

We offer the expertise of specialists considered among the best in their field. Our partnership with one of Southern California’s most respected radiation oncology groups—Valley Radiotherapy Associates—allows us to offer patients a remarkable and highly experienced treatment team.

Led by radiation oncologists, our treatment teams include highly trained physicists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses, dietitians, social workers and other professionals. Weekly multidisciplinary conferences allow our specialists to review cases, discuss treatment options and contribute their expertise, offering patients the benefit of their combined skill and experience.

State-of-the-Art Technology

The powerful tools available to our specialists include: sophisticated linear accelerators with multileaf collimation and digital portal imaging; 3D treatment-planning computers; CT Simulation; High Dose Brachytherapy (radioactive implants); Conformal therapy; and IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), considered the “gold standard” for treating certain types of cancer. Each of these advances in technology and technique has significantly improved the precision and effectiveness of radiation therapy.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy is one of the most effective ways to combat certain types of cancer. It works by focusing a beam of ionizing radiation or implanting radioactive sources in the area of tumor growth. The surrounding normal tissue is spared so that only a specific area is treated. Radiation therapy can be used along with or in combination with other treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy or biotherapy. For more on treatment options, click here to visit a patient information website by The American Society for Radiation Oncology.

In other cases, radiation therapy is used as a supportive measure to reduce pain, pressure or bleeding. Numerous benign tumors or growths are also treated with radiation therapy.