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An experienced radiation oncology team at Johns Hopkins specializes in the treatment of endometrial cancer and cervical cancer. As part of a larger multidisciplinary oncology team that works together to diagnose and treat cancer, our team of radiation oncology specialists, including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists, creates an individualized radiation therapy plan developed for the patient’s specific needs.
Radiation is used to treat cervical and endometrial cancers. The type of radiation treatment recommended depends on the stage and location of the cancer. At Johns Hopkins, our specialists use these types of radiation therapy for cervical and endometrial cancers:
External beam radiation effectively treats a large area of the body, such as the pelvis, where the uterus is located. Patients are generally treated with external beam radiation first, followed by brachytherapy The radiation oncologists at Johns Hopkins decide which type of external beam radiation to use depending on each patient’s diagnosis. The types of external beam radiation include:
- 3D conformal radiation therapy
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
Brachytherapy allows the radiation oncologist to target the tumor site itself and give it a high-dose of radiation. The procedure is quick and only needs to be administered a few times. A specialized applicator is used to deliver radioactive pellets to the tumor site while the patient is under general anesthesia. Computer guidance allows the radiation does to be precisely targeted and timed.
The safety and well being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Johns Hopkins. As an international leader in radiation safety, our standards for safety serve as an example for other academic and community-based radiation practices. Our safety program not only complies with state and national protocols, it goes well beyond those protocols by integrating innovative safety techniques developed by experts on our staff.
To find out more about radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins, call 410-502-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.