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    Managing Fatigue During Radiation Therapy

    Last updated 10 months ago

    It is quite common for men and women to feel some fatigue after radiation treatment. Depending on the patient’s condition, the symptoms can range from mild weariness to extreme tiredness. Fortunately, there are a number of activities that can help to manage these feelings and help you to maintain strength and positivity throughout the course of treatment.

    Planning the time to take rest throughout the day in the form of short naps can be very helpful in reducing fatigue. Getting at least eight hours of rest per night will also help you to maintain energy during the day. Exercising will help to improve energy levels, bolster and sustain a positive attitude, and improve the quality of nightly rest. If necessary, accept help from others to keep from overextending or doing too much.

    At South Florida Radiation Oncology, we strive to offer care that benefits the whole person. In addition to our radiation therapy treatments, we offer nutritional services, support groups, and a variety of other services to help our patients in all aspects of care. To learn more, contact our Florida Cancer Treatment Center at (888) 823-9162. You can also visit our blog for frequent updates from the SFRO staff.

    Questions to Ask Your Radiation Oncologist About Radiation Therapy

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Becoming ill with any form of cancer can be an overwhelming experience. One of the ways in which you can remain strong and positive throughout the cancer treatment process is to maintain consistent and clear communication with your radiation oncologist. Communicating well and asking the right questions will not only keep you educated about your healing process, but will also keep you informed and active in your own health care. These are some questions that you may want to ask your radiation oncologist before you begin radiation therapy.

    What should I expect from my upcoming treatment session? Not all radiation therapies are performed the same way. Knowing what to expect can help you to prepare for the procedure and will also allow you to schedule around your treatment as needed.

    Where will my therapy sessions take place? While some therapies may be done in the same location as your consultation, others may take place offsite. If your therapy session is at another location, you may want to drive there in preparation to make sure that you know exactly where to go on the day of your first treatment.

    Will there be any side effects from my treatment? Though some of the newer treatment technologies have shown success in diminishing the side effects of radiation therapy, treatment affects each person differently. Consult with your physician to learn more about what you may expect from your personalized treatment and how to best combat the side effects.

    Should I change my lifestyle during the course of treatment? Depending on your situation, your physician may instruct you to avoid certain activities during your radiation treatment. You may also be advised to eat certain things to help manage side effects and improve nutrition.

    South Florida Radiation Oncology seeks to provide the highest quality of care to cancer patients and their loved ones. You can learn more about what our experienced medical team has to offer by visiting our website, www.sfrollc.com, or calling our staff at (888) 823-9162. Our SFRO blog also contains more information about living healthy every day through exercise, nutrition, and good lifestyle choices.

    The Difference Between Benign and Malignant Tumors

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Tumors are not always cancerous—some can be designated as noncancerous, or benign. While malignant (cancerous) growths grow aggressively and have the ability to spread to other parts of the body, benign tumors tend to grow rather slowly. Benign tumors also lack the ability to migrate, or metastasize, to other parts of the body using the circulatory or lymphatic systems; they will almost always remain in the tissue from which they originated. Over time, however, benign tumors can grow extremely large and lead to a variety of symptoms due to nerve impingement or compression of nearby structures.

    The professionals at South Florida Radiation Oncology (SFRO) have extensive experience in the treatment of both malignant tumors and symptomatic benign conditions. If you are interested in learning more about the treatments and services that SFRO has to offer, call (888) 823-9162 today or visit our blog.

    What Kinds of Cancer Can Be Treated with TrueBeam Radiation Technology?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Unlike older, more traditional forms of external beam therapy, the Varian TrueBeam STx system has the ability to target tumors with pinpoint accuracy using three-dimensional medical images. Although TrueBeam technology can be used to target any form of cancer in need of radiation therapy, it excels in treating cancers that are hard to reach surgically or are located in areas that are highly sensitive to radiation such as the brain and spinal cord. Read on to learn more about the forms of cancer that can be treated using the TrueBeam system.

    Prostate Cancer: According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, prostate cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in American men over the age of 75. Fortunately, customized stereotactic radiosurgery using the TrueBeam system can be very effective in shrinking prostate tumors and helping men overcome this disease.

    Brain Cancer: Precision is extremely important in the treatment of brain tumors. The TrueBeam system provides therapists with an unparalleled level of customizability so that each patient can have treatment tailored to his or her unique needs and circumstances. This advanced technology can also be effective in treating noncancerous—or benign—tumors of the head, such as vestibular schwannoma.

    Head and Neck Cancers: Any cancer that develops in the mouth, nasal cavity, sinuses, throat, or larynx can reside near important and vital structures of the head and neck. The accuracy of the TrueBeam STx system enables radiation oncologists to administer higher doses of radiation to the malignant tumor while minimally affecting these important surrounding structures.

    The team at South Florida Radiation Oncology strives to provide the highest quality of care and support throughout the cancer treatment process. If you have any questions about TrueBeam STx or our other multidisciplinary services, contact our helpful staff at (888) 823-9162 today. You can also find out more about the treatment and prevention of cancer by subscribing to the SFRO blog.

    The Story of TrueBeam Radiation Therapy

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Cancer begins with changes in the body’s own cells. These microscopic transformations that lead to tumor growth can eventually have the ability to dramatically change a person’s life. This characteristic property of “change” in cancer inspired the creation of Varian’s TrueBeam radiation therapy and radiosurgery system.

    This radical technology has transformed the way physicians approach cancer by integrating imaging, motion detection, and beam delivery, providing unmatched precision in radiation administration. With this remarkable tool, a radiation oncologist can tailor and adjust the treatment plan to better meet each patient’s needs.

    South Florida Radiation Oncology is proud to offer the Varian TrueBeam STx system in addition to our other state-of-the-art cancer treatments. You can find out more about TrueBeam and the other technology offered by our experienced team by visiting our website, www.sfrollc.com, or calling our Florida Cancer Treatment Center at (888) 823-9162. You can also subscribe to the SFRO blog to read regular updates from our staff.

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