At some point during treatment, approximately one-half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy. Akron General offers radiation therapy to treat a wide variety of cancers.

Radiation therapy is also frequently used with other types of therapies including chemotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy to improve patients’ survival rates and quality of life.

Short Course Radiation Therapy

Selected patients with early-stage prostate or breast cancer may require far fewer radiation therapy visits due to new radiation therapy technology offered at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. In certain cases, patients are decreasing the number of radiation treatments for breast cancer from 20 or more to five, and prostate cancer patients are reducing treatments from as many as 44, down to just five.

Patients with other types of cancer also will be able to significantly reduce number of treatment visits. This new capability derives from Akron General having two new state of the art linear accelerators, as well as more advanced treatment planning technology, with improved imaging and patient immobilization. All of these enable providers to deliver radiation therapy to malignant tumors more intensely, more precisely and more rapidly – while sparing surrounding normal tissue. There are no additional risks or unwanted side effects with these advances.

For more information, talk to you doctor, or call the Radiation Oncology Department at 330.344.6448.

Clinical Trials

The Department of Radiation Oncology ensures that patients have access to the latest treatments and protocols available. Eligible patients may choose to participate in NCI-sponsored investigational protocols as part of the Akron General McDowell Cancer Center's membership in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project, the Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.

For information about Akron General's McDowell Cancer Center, our services and programs, call 330.344.4763.