Radiation oncology is a local, regional treatment that uses high energy x-rays to damage cancer cells and prevent them from growing. Radiation treatments only affect cells in the treated area. External radiation is usually given on an outpatient basis, 5 days per week, for a total of 20-45 treatments, depending on what is prescribed by the physician. Patients are not radioactive during or after their treatment. Side effects depend on the area being treated and will be discussed prior to treatment initiation. The side effects are usually mild and can be treated or controlled.
Scioto County Cancer Center is staffed by qualified professionals, consisting of the following:
Dr. Prakash Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is board certified by the American College of Radiology. He is the physician who has specialized in radiation oncology and will prescribe the radiation treatments.
Jeremie Pfankuch, RT (T), CMD
Professional who is responsible for planning the radiation treatments by using sophisticated computers designed specifically to calculate radiation dose.