In an effort to enhance the radiation oncology services offered to our community, Scottsdale Healthcare is pleased to announce a long-term relationship with Arizona Center for Cancer Care (AZCCC), a multispecialty group of Arizona’s most recognizable names in cancer treatment and technology. AZCCC has opened facilities at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, and is now providing radiation oncology services at both its Shea Medical Center and Osborn Medical Center locations. Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists (ABCs), a division of AZCCC, is also providing their expertise in breast cancer care at these locations.
Together, we aim to revolutionize cancer treatment in Arizona…and beyond.
About Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy is a method of cancer treatment that uses high energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. Radiation kills these cells by destroying their genetic material so that they are unable to grow and divide. Approximately half of the people diagnosed with cancer will receive radiation treatment either by itself or in addition to surgery, chemotherapy or other treatments. Radiation therapy provides precise, targeted radiation for treating many types of cancer. Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy as it often is called, uses various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. Radiation therapy may be used to treat almost every type of solid tumor, including cancers of the brain, breast, cervix, larynx, lung, pancreas, prostate, skin, spine, or soft tissue sarcomas.
Radiation therapy can be delivered in two ways, externally and internally. Internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy, uses radiation in the form of an implant or seed. This radioactive substance can be inserted close to the tumor, or directly inside of it. Internal radiation is typically used on small tumors, confined to one area of the body, and may require a hospital stay.
External radiation therapy is a more common method, and can be used for most types of cancer, even if the cancer has spread to other areas in the body. During this process, the radiation oncology team uses a machine to direct high-energy X-rays at the cancer. It is typically performed on an outpatient basis over a one to two month period.
We Can Help You If
- You have been diagnosed with breast, ovarian, prostate, colorectal or head and neck cancer.
- You are in pain. Radiation has shown to be an effective treatment for some types of cancer-related pain.
Insurance coverage varies and will be determined on an individual basis. A financial counselor is available to assist you with evaluating your needs and verification of insurance coverage for services.
There are several types of radiation therapies. Your radiation oncologist will determine which to use based on the type of cancer you have.
To learn more about radiation oncology at Scottsdale Healthcare, please contact our Cancer Care Coordinators by calling 480-323-1255 (toll free 1-877-273-3639) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org