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Radiation Oncology

Presbyterian Radiation Oncology in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho offers expertise in radiation treatment. As a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program supported by MD Anderson Cancer Center, our Radiation Oncology program combines quality care with the expertise of a national leader in cancer care. Our oncologists and support staff help provide research-driven, patient-centered care to patients in our community.

Radiation oncology is a specialty devoted to the treatment of cancer using radiation to kill cancer cells, eradicate tumors, and provide relief of cancer-related symptoms. Radiation oncologists prescribe and deliver radiation therapy treatments, work with members of the radiation therapy team to develop treatment plans, and ensure each treatment is administered safely and accurately.

Our equipment includes High Dose Rate (HDR) suites to offer brachytherapy, which is a method of delivering radiation to tumors by placing radioactive sources in close proximity to the tumor (“intracavitary” brachytherapy) or within the tumor itself (“interstitial brachytherapy). HDR can reduce treatment times from six to eight weeks of daily external radiation therapy to as little as three to 10 days, depending on the type of cancer being treated. If patients also need chemotherapy, HDR brachytherapy allows them to start that treatment sooner, possibly improving outcomes. Compared to conventional treatments, HDR brachytherapy can result in fewer side effects as well. After treatment, the radiation source is removed from the patient and the patient is no longer radioactive.

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