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Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is one of the main treatments for cancer and may be recommended as part of an integrated cancer treatment strategy. Radiation therapy is used for treating certain malignant cancers as well as nonmalignant conditions. It may be used in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy.

The goal of radiation therapy is to destroy the tumor while minimizing the impact to surrounding healthy tissue. The most common type of radiation treatment is called external beam radiation therapy. This method uses a machine called a linear accelerator to direct high-energy radiation beams to the exact location of the cancer. The high-energy X-rays kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Our Cancer Care Center offers state-of-the-art treatment for patients needing radiation therapy. In addition to external beam treatments, the radiation therapy department at Regions Hospital offers other leading-edge treatments:

  • 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
Regions Hospital - Care Cancer Center - Radiation therapy

What to expect

Although each patient’s course of treatment is different, most receive treatments five days a week for two to eight weeks, with breaks on the weekends. Patients should plan to spend at least two hours in the clinic for the first appointment. Any future appointments will be much shorter.

A radiation oncologist will decide the dosage and type of treatment used. Patients who receive external beam radiation therapy are not radioactive during or after treatment.

Where to go

The radiation therapy department is located on the second floor of the east section of the hospital. Free surface lot parking directly adjacent to our department is available for radiation therapy patients only.

Regions Hospital
640 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Download a handout with map and directions.

For more information about our Radiation Therapy services, call 651-254-2039.