Radiation oncology is the use of radiation to treat cancer. Radiation therapy can be used alone to effectively treat cancer, to shrink a tumor so it can be surgically removed, to treat an area after surgery to prevent recurrence, or to provide relief from pain and other cancer symptoms.
Valley’s Radiation Oncology program is led by physicians who are nationally recognized in their field and who collaborate with other doctors on the Valley team.
The Valley Approach to Radiation Oncology
Radiation oncologists at Valley coordinate care with the rest of your cancer team that places your best interests at the center of all medical decisions. We provide a seamless approach to care, the result of a long established working relationship between all medical disciplines that are involved.
Our team approach means your treatment is integrated with other departments at Valley, including medical oncology; surgery; research; rehabilitation medicine; social services; home care; genetic counseling; food and nutrition; integrative medicine; and more.
Critical to our team approach at Valley is a focus on patient safety. All patient-related procedures are verified and reviewed on several levels prior to any treatment delivery. And our team has put numerous quality assurance measures in place to ensure accurate and appropriate treatment.
Why Choose Valley for Radiation Oncology?
- Recognized excellence: Valley’s Radiation Oncology Department is the first facility or medical practice in northern New Jersey to be awarded accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). And, we are the first in New Jersey to receive four-year accreditation from the American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).
- Highly precise forms of radiation therapy: Our team is experienced in radiation therapy treatments that offer highly precise radiation, while minimizing damage to healthy cells. These include intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT); stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) through Gamma Knife; and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) through TrueBeam.
- Clinical trials: Radiation oncologists at Valley are involved in important clinical research trials with organizations such as NRG Oncology and the SWOG Cancer Research Network. These research trials are contributing to ongoing progress in the field of cancer care.
- Dose calculation: Valley’s physicists work with radiation oncologists and dosemitrists to ensure that each patient receives the best treatment. Dosimetrists carefully calculate doses of radiation to ensure a tumor is effectively treated. They develop treatment plans that can best destroy the cancer while sparing normal tissue. They work with the radiation oncologist and the physicist to choose a treatment course that is best for each patient.
- Specialized nursing care: At Valley, nursing care meets the physical, psychological, social and educational needs of our patients and their families. This begins with the initial consultation where an oncology-certified registered nurse educates the patient on the radiation oncology process and suggests self-care measures to minimize side effects. The nurse is available daily to answer questions, manage symptoms and address fears.
- Home care follow-up: Through Valley Home Care, a specially trained nurse provides patient education and rehabilitative services in the home to help select cancer patients reach independence and achieve a higher quality of life. It is the only program of its kind in northern New Jersey. This oncology nurse plays an important role in the period between outpatient radiation therapy appointments and other forms of cancer care.