Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Radiation is a frequently used cancer treatment tool. Doctors called radiation oncologists, working with a highly skilled team, carefully plan the use of radiation to treat cancer and reduce cancer-related symptoms.

Central Maine Medical Center was the first hospital in central and western Maine to create a radiation therapy service. The Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center, opened in 1983, remains on the technical forefront in radiation therapy with newly updated treatment equipment. The center's radiation oncologists are residency-trained and board-certified in their specialty. Other members of the radiation oncology team include specially trained nurses, dosimetrists, physicists, and radiation therapists.

Treatment options for patients at the Rydholm Center are individually chosen and customized to provide the best possible care for each patient. External beam radiation treatments are often enhanced through intensity modulation and image guidance in order to help minimize radiation damage to normal tissues. Stereotactic radiotherapy is offered, in which certain lung and other tumors can be treated with just a few, high dose, precisely focused treatments. A superficial therapy unit is available for the treatment of certain skin cancers. In addition, prostate brachytherapy is offered, which involves implantation of radioactive seeds in the prostate gland for the treatment of prostate cancer.

The radiation center is affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston. This allows for local patients with rare or complex cancers to receive expert second opinions in a timely way, as well as to provide access to certain radiation options, such as proton radiotherapy, that cannot be done in Maine.

The practice is accredited by the American College of Radiologists.

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