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Now available at RCTC, Novalis Tx™ radiosurgery is changing the face of cancer treatment, and has already helped thousands of people continue to go to work, spend time with family and friends, and take part in their favorite activities, all while fighting cancer.
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TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR

Below are a few questions you may want to ask your physician to help inform you about your diagnosis, treatment options and treatment concerns.

1. What are the typical stages of my illness?

2. Is there specific statistical data available regarding my illness?

3. What are the best treatment options for me and why?

4. How long will treatment last?

5. Is there anything I need to pay attention to before, during and after treatment?

6. How likely is the recurrence of my tumor?

7. How much will treatment cost?

8. Can you explain the precautions that I may need to take when taking any prescribed medications or receiving radiosurgery/radiotherapy?

9. Does it make sense to use a combined therapeutic approach?

10. Will my condition cause limitations in my physical activity?

11. Will my treatment cause limitations in my physical activity?

12. How does smoking or drinking alcohol interfere with my illness and treatment recovery?

13. What can I do to accelerate my recovery?

14. Where can I find a support group for patients like me?


HELPFUL TERMS

Here are medical terms and their definitions that may be helpful as you move forward with treatment.

Benign Tumor - An abnormal growth that is not cancer and does not spread to other areas of the body.

Brachytherapy - Form of radiation therapy in which radioactive materials are implanted.

Cancer - A generic term for more than 100 different diseases that are characterized by the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells usually invade and destroy normal tissue. Cancer cells can travel through the bloodstream lymphatic system to reach other parts of the body.

Carcinoma - A cancerous tumor originating in epithelial cells (the surface cells of tissues). Carcinomas tend to spread into surrounding tissues and to metastasize to other parts of the body.

Chemotherapy - Treatment with toxic chemicals (e.g.,anti-cancer drugs).

Computed Tomography (CT) - A form of x-ray imaging in which 2D sections of a patient's anatomy are reconstructed from x-rays projected through the body from many different angles. CT images display sharp contrast based upon tissue density, and exhibit high spatial accuracy.

Conformal Radiosurgery - Involves geometrically shaping the beam so that the beam's contour corresponds to the shape area in the beam's eye view. The beam generally delivers consistent dose across the targeted area.

Dosimetrist - A member of the radiation oncology team who helps develop the patient's treatment plan and performs calculations to carry out the radiation dose prescription, in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist.

Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy - A series of radiation treatments over a period of time.

Lesion - A change in body tissue.

Malignant Tumor - A mass of cancer cells that may invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body.

Radiotherapy - The use of high-energy radiation from x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons and other sources to treat tumors and destroy cancer cells.

Radiosurgery - A radiation therapy procedure that delivers a large dose of radiation to a tumor over one to five treatment sessions.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery - Radiation treatment of a tumor that is applied in a single session with a high dose of radiation.

Tumor - An abnormal lump or mass of tissue. Tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).