Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and a few other diseases. Radiation therapy works by damaging cancerous cells. After exposure to radiation, normal cells are able to repair; cancer cells cannot. Sometimes radiation therapy is the only treatment a patient needs; other times, it is combined with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Types of radiation therapy include: External Beam Therapy and Brachytherapy.
- Increases our medical team’s ability to locate tumors quickly and precisely before each treatment.
- Provides the ability to monitor the patient for slight movements and respiration during treatment.
- Accurately delivers radiation to cancerous tissue with shorter treatment times.
- Includes additional treatment energies for a more individualized patient treatment plan.
- Enhances the ability to expose a tumor to the maximum dose of radiation while minimizing radiation to healthy tissues.
Meet Our Team
Marisa is a Certified Medical Dosimetrist with more than 40 years of clinical Radiation Oncology Treatment Planning experience. A dosimetrist’s role on the radiation team is to computer model the patient from CT, MR, and PET image sets and then design radiation beams that perfectly achieve the Radiation Oncologist’s treatment goals with minimum effect on normal tissue. Marisa’s initial training, clinical and teaching experience began at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Marisa continues to lecture and write curriculum for Web-based educational institutions and for the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists.
Will Berry, radiation therapist