Radiation oncology is the medical specialty concerned with treating cancer by radiation. Approximately half of cancer patients receive radiation at some time during their treatment.
Durham Regional Hospital's radiation oncology clinic treats breast, prostate, lung, head and neck, gastrointestinal, and skin cancers as well as lymphoma and brain tumors, and offers palliation for metastatic disease.
Since opening in November 1996, the radiation oncology clinic has seen over 5,000 new patients and delivered more than 54,400 radiation treatments. Both external beam radiotherapy and radioactive implants (brachytherapy) are offered at Durham Regional Hospital.
The radiation oncology clinic is a cooperative effort between Durham Regional Hospital and Duke University Medical Center, and is staffed by Duke physicians, therapists, dosimetrists, and physicists.
We work closely with our surgical and medical oncology colleagues to ensure all patients' needs are met.
Advanced Technology for Better Results
External radiation is delivered by a linear accelerator. A new state-of-the-art linear accelerator machine was installed in 2008.
The machine has the ability to:
- Use electrons or photons for superficial or deep penetration. Photons are used to treat most common malignancies that are deep-seated, such as those in the lung, abdomen, pelvis, head, and neck. Electron energies are used to treat more superficial cancers such as skin, lymph nodes, and surgical scars.
- Perform intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), which helps reduce side effects from treatment.
- Improve target accuracy by using image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), diagnostic quality x-ray or computed tomography (CT) with the patient on the treatment table.
- Perform extracranial stereotactic radiation therapy (SBRT), which provides focused conformable high dose treatments for recurrent or inoperable tumors.
- Match treatment to breathing cycle to minimize tumor or organ motion (respiratory-gating).
Permanent prostate implants for the treatment of localized prostate cancer are offered at Durham Regional Hospital through the joint services of the urologists and radiation oncologists on staff.
Since the service was first offered in January 1997, over 700 implants have been performed. Learn more about our treatments for urologic cancers.
Convenient Access to Quality Care
Services are provided Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to both inpatients and outpatients. Typically, treatments last 15 to 30 minutes and are given daily over several weeks.
Free, reserved parking is available just outside the radiation oncology entrance.
For more information about the clinic or to make an appointment, call 919-470-8600. After hours, please call 919-470-4000 and ask for the radiation oncologist on call.
Physicians offering this service include: