Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a department or speciality that is an important part of a multidisciplinary approach to treat a variety of cancers. This therapy uses high energy rays from sources like X-rays and photons, most commonly delivered through a linear accelerator. The linear accelerator is an important component in cancer centres, which also house a multidisciplinary team of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, nurses and medical physicists who counsel the patients about the use of radiation therapy as a treatment option, assess them, plan and help deliver the treatment. These X-rays delivered during the procedure are painless and invisible.

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital is the best radiation oncology treatment hospital in Indore. During your appointments, our oncology team will make all treatment-related decisions based on your health conditions personal preferences. You will be given information about the treatment's potential start date, the likely length of time it will last, and any associated benefits and drawbacks. There may be a period of time between beginning the therapy and giving it to you so that it can be customised to your needs and given securely with the least amount of side effects feasible. The oncology team will do routine follow-ups after the treatment to help you feel better if you experience any side effects. The goal of radiation therapy is to treat the disease, limit the growth of the tumour, or reduce its symptoms.

Radiation therapy is known worldwide to treat about 40% of cancer patients. It is a highly cost-effective and competent treatment modality for many types of cancers. With cancer being the leading cause of death worldwide, it is important to recognize the importance of radiation oncology in the medical field.

Radiation oncology team

Medical experts who are a part of our radiation oncology team include:

  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiation therapists
  • Radiation oncology nurses and assistants
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians

After radiation therapy is chosen as a treatment option, the patient must go through a particular CT scan that uses I/V or oral contrast during the planning stage. The following step after this appointment is to mark the area that will be given specialist radiation oncology treatment. Also marked are the spots to stay away from. When the radiation treatment plan is finished, medical physicists and other specialists who are working with the patient analyse it. It is authorised following quality and safety inspections. Radiation therapists administer the radiation therapy during the course of the treatment session. Medical physicists and radiation oncologists, among others, keep an eye on the patient the entire time to control any side effects.

Each radiation therapy plan is curated to meet the individual needs of the patient but there are some steps that are common to all plans. Following are the steps you can expect before the treatment starts:

  • Appointment with the radiation oncologist
    During the appointment, the radiation oncologist will review and evaluate all your medical records, perform a complete physical examination, and suggest some investigations. He will also let you know the potential risks and benefits of the therapy. If you have any questions or concerns about the therapy, this is a great time to have those answered.
  • Informed consent
    If radiation therapy has been decided as the best option for you, you will be asked to sign an “informed consent” which states some things like your medical team provided you with the information you needed about different treatment options and you chose to have the radiotherapy, you have given permission to commence the treatment to your healthcare team, and you are aware of the risks and benefits associated with the treatment.
  • Simulating and planning treatment
    The first radiation therapy session is referred to as simulation. It is kind of a practice session in which radiation therapy is not given. The location of the tumour will be confirmed by the team with the help of imaging tests like MRI, CT scan, or an X-ray. Then the other radiation therapy sessions will follow.

After your plan for radiation therapy is completed, you will be asked to attend some appointments with the radiation oncologist for follow-up of the treatment. Continuing your follow-up care post-treatment is important. Your healthcare team will look at your symptoms, any treatment-related side effects, and check on your recovery. With time, you will require fewer follow-up appointments.

Our oncology team comprises the best radiation oncologists in Indore. They have treated a large number of cancer patients each year, giving them extensive experience. They mix the expertise and quality of the medical team with the technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Each of our radiation oncologists has received extensive training in administering radiation therapy procedures to cancer patients and customizing the treatment plans to the patient's medical requirements. After the radiation oncologist marks the tissues to be treated, radiation is targeted towards the malignant tissues so that the normal tissues receive minimal dose of radiation.

We at the Centre for Cancer at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Indore provide treatment not only to satisfy the physical medical needs of the patients but also to support them mentally, thus, delivering the best radiation therapy treatment for cancer in Indore. We acknowledge that the journey of treatment of cancers is terrifying for the patients as well as for their families, and thus try our best to make them feel comfortable at all times.