Phone: 281-242-CURE (2873)
Fax: (281) 274-7993
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Center
16675 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Note: Cancer Center parking is accessed via Town Center Blvd.
Most solid tumors as well blood cancers such as leukemia can be treated with some form of radiation therapy.
Additionally, radiation therapy is often used following the conventional surgical removal of a tumor, in order to ensure there are no cancerous cells left around the surgical site.
The most common side effects are fatigue, some skin changes, and a potential loss of appetite. Skin changes that might be experienced are redness, irritation, and a look and feel much like a sunburn. Other site-specific changes may occur, such as hair loss when treating around the head or other areas with hair. If you have more questions regarding side-effects please don't hesitate to ask our nursing staff or your physician.
The risk of a secondary tumor as a result of radiation therapy is very low and is greatly outweighed by the benefits of treating the current tumor.
During the treatment itself, you will not experience any pain or discomfort; the process is much like having an x-ray. Side effects that may occur after the treatment vary from person to person, and will be managed by your patient care team.
Thanks to our skilled team and our wide spectrum of technologies, we are able to treat nearly any form of cancer, including:
The duration of treatment varies based on many factors such as tumor site, size of tumor, and type of cancer. Generally, however, radiation therapy is done Monday through Friday during normal business hours for anywhere between 1 and 8 weeks. A typical treatment visit will take approximately 45 minutes in our clinic.
While the greatest intensity of radiation is concentrated on tissue containing cancer cells, some healthy tissue will receive a lesser dose of radiation. This healthy tissue that receives radiation is known as the margin and is typically so small it is measured in millimeters. Through extensive planning, the use of precision equipment, advanced computer software, and the collaboration of an entire team of knowledgeable medical professionals (oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists), this margin of healthy cells affected by radiation is kept to an absolute minimum. Even the small amount of healthy tissue damaged by radiation treatment typically recovers in the days and weeks following treatment.
Contact our outpatient facility by calling 281-242-CURE (2873).
No, after leaving the treatment room, the patient is not radioactive. Following external beam radiation treatment, patients may have physical contact with family and friends without fear of exposing them to radiation.
For the most part, medications that were started before undergoing treatment may be continued throughout the treatment process. It is important, however, to let the nurse and physicians know what medications are currently being taken and if this changes during the course of treatment.
Some degree of fatigue can be common with radiation therapy. There are some ways to minimize fatigue if it occurs: