Radiation oncology services in Wabash Valley
Radiation therapy uses high-energy waves, beams or energy particles to penetrate a specific or target area affected by cancerous cells. Terre Haute Regional Hospital's Paul Siebenmorgen Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer care, including a dedicated radiation therapy program. Our board-certified radiation oncologists customize your radiation treatment to your body and the type of cancer you have.
For more information about The Paul Siebenmorgen Cancer Center, please call (812) 237-9326.
Our radiation therapy program
The Paul Siebenmorgen Cancer Center is the first facility in the Wabash Valley to use the latest technologies in radiation oncology-intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
IMRT delivers doses of radiation with different intensity levels within 2-millimeter square segments. This limits the radiation dose to the tumor while minimizing the dose to surrounding areas of the body, lessening possible side effects.
IGRT provides precise delivery of radiation by verifying the exact location of the tumor every day. This allows normal tissues to receive minimal radiation.
Our cancer center uses advanced 3D computer planning technology to preplan precise radiation treatments. This system allows your doctor to visualize various radiation beam approaches so he or she can select the plan that best targets the tumor. It also allows our team to spare the greatest amount of healthy tissue. This planning process is done after the patient leaves the clinical setting, which reduces the time the patient spends in the radiation department.
Our radiation services and treatment
Our radiation therapy services include:
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- External 3D conformal radiation therapy
- Brachytherapy or prostate seed implantation
- Thyroid ablation
- Gynecological implants
Side effects of radiation therapy
Although radiation therapy targets cancer cells, it also affects normal, healthy cells at the cancerous site. Generally, adverse side effects of radiation therapy include:
- Skin irritation, swelling and/or redness
- Blood abnormalities
- Hair loss
- Loss of appetite