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The Center for Cancer Care is just one facet of the comprehensive care provided by Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the St. Lawrence Health System. To learn more about the services they provide, visit the CPH home page.

 Approximately half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy as part of their cancer treatment. Through comprehensive imaging procedures, our oncologists determine the best individualized course of radiation treatment for each patient.

At the Center for Cancer Care, we use the latest machinery to administer radiation therapy.

Our Elekta Synergy Linear Accelerator targets cancerous cells with precision and spares healthy tissue, and our medical physicists ensure that radiation therapy is delivered as safely and effectively as possible.

Radiation can produce side effects

Fatigue and skin irritation near the radiation site can occur. Your cancer care team will help you mitigate those side effects and minimize discomfort while you undergo treatment.

Q: Can you tell if the treatment is working?

A: There is no absolute way to measure the effectiveness of treatment while you are getting regular radiation. In most cases, patients will undergo follow-up procedures once their treatments are complete to determine how the body responded to treatment. 

Q: What side effects will I experience from radiation?

A: Radiation therapy is site-specific. This means that side effects will likely occur in and around the area we're treating. For example, if a patient is undergoing radiation treatments for a lung mass, they may experience a sore throat. Some patients report skin irritation at the site of radiation, and many feel fatigued after treatment. Most side effects can be easily managed by our radiation oncologist and nurse.