Saint John's Health Center
Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy is one of the most effective ways to combat cancer. It works by focusing beams of ionizing radiation on the cancerous growth or implanting radioactive sources in the cancerous area.

Advantages of Radiation Therapy include: 

  • A precisely targeted area is treated so that there is minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue
  • External beam radiation therapy is a noninvasive, painless procedure so no knives, needles or anesthetics involved
  • Radiation therapy is performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for a hospital stay
  • The typical course of treatment is over a two- to eight-week period, Monday through Friday

Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as surgery and anti-cancer drugs. Radiation is most often used to cure cancer; however, for incurable stages it can be a highly effective way to reduce pain, pressure or bleeding, or to control the growth of a tumor in a localized area. Stereotactic radiosurgery (a single, high-dose “pinpoint” treatment) is a viable option for certain conditions.

Advanced Radiation Therapy Technology

Saint John’s Health Center is the only facility in the area that offers the Trilogy system with RapidArc™ radiotherapy technology, a revolutionary breakthrough in cancer treatment that provides greater precision and increased speed. This technology may be used to deliver frameless radiosurgery, a method of treating brain tumors without attaching a frame to the patient’s head.

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Meet the Doctors

The Radiation Oncology Department at Saint John’s Health Center is supported by a team of experienced physicians. Their extensive experience with radiation therapy and radiosurgery places them at the top of their field. Robert Wollman, MD, Lisa Chaiken, MD, Paul Y. Song, MD

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