What is Radiation Oncology?
How Radiation Therapy Works
The photon beam used in radiation treatment is the same kind of beam used in ordinary chest x-rays or CT scans. However, it has much higher energy and can cause changes in the nucleus of cells. Both normal tissues and the tumor tissues will undergo these tiny breaks; however the normal cells will repair these changes better than tumor cells can. Patients will not feel the invisible beam passing through them. External Beam Radiation is a local treatment. It only works where we aim the beam. The radiation does not circulate through your body and your friends and family are not exposed to any radiation.
For some cancers, an implant is used to deliver the radiation therapy. In some gynecologic cancers, radioactive rods are placed within the vagina or uterus for a short time, to deliver highly localized radiation.
Adverse effects vary from patient to patient and are determined by the location of the treatment, the dose required for treatment and the patients’ pre-existing condition. The radiation oncologist, nurse and therapist will discuss the likely side effects with each patient individually.
Every aspect of the patient’s care is given meticulous attention to ensure that the patient is treated efficiently and precisely and will experience the fewest possible side effects. Our physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists conduct daily, weekly and monthly checks on the department’s equipment to ensure optimum performance. The treatment team has weekly meetings where every patient’s treatment is reviewed and discussed in detail.
Radiation Therapy Services
The department of Radiology Oncology offers a full array of radiation services, including:
- Intracavitary Therapy
- CT, MRI and PET fusion
- 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy
- Conventional External Beam Radiation Therapy
- Partial Breast Brachytherapy
- Digital Imaging
- Interstitial Therapy
- High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
Our equipment includes:
- Clinac 2100C
- Clinac iX Linear Accelerator
- Portal Vision
- Clinac 6X
- ARIA Record and Verify System
- Philips Brilliance Large-Bore CT Simulator
- Eclipse Treatment Planning System
A Caring Team Approach
The Radiation Oncology treatment team at Torrance Memorial Medical Center provides patients compassionate, individualized treatment using computerized, modern technology. We deliver this high quality care as an integral component of Torrance Memorial’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
For the convenience of our patients, our department offers treatment at two sites; Torrance Memorial and the Beach Cities healthcare office complex.
3330 Lomita Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
The Radiation Oncology department at Torrance Memorial Medical Center is located on the basement level of the Outpatient Center. The entrance is under the bridge crossing Medical Center Drive to the West Tower. The closest parking is in the West Parking Structure.
510 No. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA
M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The physicians may also be contacted through the Medical Center operator 310-325-9110 for after-hours emergencies.