Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare

Frequently asked questions about cancer care

Will my care be coordinated between my surgeon, my medical oncologist and my radiation oncologist?

Yes. We will use your electronic medical record to review copies of treatments and tests prescribed by your doctor, and use those while planning any additional treatment or follow-up care.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Your financial counselor and your social worker have information and options to discuss before, during and after your treatments.

How does radiation work to kill my cancer?

Cancer cells divide rapidly, and radiation interrupts the cell division process. The cancer cells are most susceptible to this radiation, so they die and are eliminated by the body.

How is my radiation therapy treatment plan determined?

Your physician, a radiation oncologist, has completed a fellowship – several years of special training – in the treatment of cancer by radiation. He or she uses various diagnostic scans and imaging studies to determine exactly where the cancer is and creates a prescription – a treatment plan specifically for your cancer. A physicist and a dosimetrist assist the radiation oncologist in assessing exact treatment fields and doses to be delivered during your treatment. The radiation therapists deliver the radiation therapy. Nurses, dieticians and other specialized therapists will also contribute to your care.

What is the difference between radiation therapy and medical oncology?

Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells. Medical oncology uses drugs to kill cancer cells. You may receive only one type of cancer treatment. Sometimes, these treatments may be separately delivered; delivered in sequence; or delivered in conjunction with each other. Your therapy is customized for you and your type of cancer.

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