Radiation Therapy

Specialized radiation therapy treatment close to home

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute offers more radiation oncology centers and advanced radiation therapy treatment units than any other hospital system in Georgia. Newly designed linear accelerators with stereotactic ability allow us to treat small tumors with unprecedented precision, whether they are in the body or the brain. This technology, combined with our expert, board-certified physicians practicing at multiple locations across Georgia, and access to our network of over 55 cancer centers allows patients to receive the most advanced treatments close to home.

What Is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy is one of the most common cancer treatment options. It involves the use of special equipment to deliver high doses of radiation in order to destroy cancer cells. Like surgery, radiation therapy is a localized treatment and may be used externally or internally (also known as brachytherapy) to eradicate cancerous tissues. It may be used alone, or in conjunction with other types of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and surgery.

Northside uses radiation therapy to treat the following:

Types of Radiation Therapy

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Team of Radiation Therapy Specialists

The strength of our Radiation Oncology Program is our team of highly skilled specialists that work together to provide the best possible care for our radiation therapy patients.

Our team includes:

  • Radiation oncologists are doctors who specialize in the use of radiation for treating cancer and have extensive training in cancer medicine and the safe use of radiation to treat disease. The radiation oncologists prescribe and oversee the delivery of radiation treatments.
  • Radiation oncology nurses are nurses that have experience in the care of the radiation oncology patients. They assist the physician with physical exams and assess the needs of each patient. They also provide patient education in regards to the treatment process and possible side effects patients might experience during and after their course of treatment.
  • Medical physicists are responsible for the oversight of the treatment equipment, including the safety checks that are performed to ensure the equipment is functioning properly. They assist the radiation oncologists and dosimetrists by providing input as to the design of the patient’s computerized treatment plan and check those plans for accuracy prior to the patient receiving their treatment. The physicist also performs a weekly review of each patient’s treatment record for accuracy.
  • CT therapists assist the radiation oncologist in obtaining the CT images that will be used to create the patient’s treatment plan. They fabricate patient immobilization devices, which are used during the CT scan and treatment delivery to assure the patient is maintaining the same position for each treatment as when the CT was performed.
  • Dosimetrists work with the radiation oncologist and medical physicists in creating the patient’s computerized treatment plan. They assist the radiation oncologist to determine the best machine angles in which to deliver the treatment in order to limit the dose of radiation to normal tissues and organs.
  • Radiation therapists operate the linear accelerator, which is the machine that is used to deliver your daily radiation treatment. They work closely with the radiation oncologist and physicist to ensure that the patient’s treatment is delivered as prescribed.
  • Administrative staff is available to assist patients in the registration process and scheduling appointments.

Radiation Therapy Treatment Process

Below is a description of what patients should expect during their radiation therapy treatment process after having scheduled their initial visit with a radiation oncologist.

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How Radiation Therapy Fits Into the Cancer Treatment Plan

Radiation Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Our Locations

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Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology – Cherokee
460 Northside Cherokee Boulevard, Suite T10
Canton, GA 30115
770-721-9000 Get Directions
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology - Forsyth
1100 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 140
Cumming, GA 30041
770-292-7000 Get Directions
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology - Macon
308 Coliseum Drive
Suite 100
Macon, GA 31217
478-745-2278 Get Directions Cancer Services
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology - Midtown
1110 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-575-2050 Get Directions Cancer Services
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology - Preston Ridge
3330 Preston Ridge Road
Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
770-255-7500 Get Directions Cancer Services