Orange County Oncologist
Radiation Therapy in Southern California
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, we understand that this is likely a frightening time. Our experienced and compassionate oncology specialists want you to know that you have options. Beverly Oncology & Imaging offers cutting edge technology that has been proven to effectively combat cancer, such as External Beam, and Brachytherapy. There are many advantages of radiation therapy. Prioritizing patient safety, our team is here to help you find the treatment that is best for you.
At Beverly Oncology & Imaging, our Orange County oncologist offers state-of-the-art cancer treatment using innovative technology. Know that our primarily goal is your safety and health. Call (323) 685-4530 to learn more.
How Radiation Therapy Works
Radiation is invisible light (X-rays) with very high energy. The energy is in millions of electron volts. The energy affects the delicate gene of the cancer cells by causing electrons on the atoms of the molecules to be displaced. The gene, thus changed will not be able to reproduce. Radiation effects, on the rest of the cell (cytoplasm), are negligible. Cancer cells must uncoil their genes during cell division (reproduction) making them more susceptible to being hit and damaged by the radiation. Normal cells divide and reproduce much less often then growing cancerous tumors; the genes of normal cells, therefore, are less likely to be injured.
If normal cells are injured, they are usually repaired within six hours by “repair enzymes” in the cell. For that reason, radiation therapy is given in carefully measured doses to minimize damage to normal cells and is given daily to allow normal cells to repair the radiation damage. In some situations, radiation is given twice daily; there must be a six-hour interval between twice daily treatments for the protection of normal cells.
Radiation side effects, if they occur, are largely limited to the area being treated. Radiation usually relieves or improves pain in the treatment area and does not cause pain in other areas of the body. It can cause tanning of skin, mild fatigue and local side effects depending the organs being treated.
To learn more about the services our Orange County oncologist offers and how we can meet your medical needs, contact our facility today.
With over 37 years of experience, our doctors are recognized as experts in the field.
We utilize the latest and greatest in medical technology and are involved in clinical trials.
As a free-standing facility, we offer convenience and access unmatched by any major hospital.