Radiation Treatment & Therapy

If you have questions or would like to learn more about radiation therapy please reach out to us at the number below.

CALL 203.276.7886


Our Compassionate, Comprehensive Approach

Our expert radiation therapy team at Stamford Health offers the latest technology to create a personalized care plan to deliver radiation to the tumor area and destroy or damage cancer cells. Our dedicated team, including your nurse navigator, at Stamford Health is committed to each person that we treat, providing emotional support at every stage of the journey.

Our Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which relies on person-centered care with evidence-based treatment, broadened its relationship with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center. This allows our patients to have enhanced oncology care from both world-class teams.

Your radiation oncologist will develop a personalized care plan based on your individual case to deliver radiation to the tumor area. We aim to shield as much surrounding normal tissue as possible and utilize the latest technology, including computed tomography (CT) scans and linear accelerator machines.

Stamford Health’s nurse navigators ensure that no patient is ever left feeling alone. Our navigators work as part of a multidisciplinary oncology team to provide support to patients through their cancer treatment and into survivorship. They answer questions, coordinate appointments and services, and offer referrals to additional resources, if needed.


A Closer Look At Our Radiation Oncology Program

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CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

We offer the latest advances in radiation oncology including the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator machine and intensity modulated radiation therapy.
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DANA-FARBER BRIGHAM CANCER CENTER COLLABORATIVE

Our deepening relationship means that patients have access to the latest and most effective, evidence-based best practices and standards in cancer treatment and research.
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MULTIDISCIPLINARY SUPPORT TEAM

Our radiation oncologists work closely with pathologists, surgeons, geneticists, and more to determine the best course of treatment for you. We also hold regular tumor meetings to review and assess cases for the best possible care.

How Does Radiation Therapy Work?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to destroy or damage cancer cells. Once the genetic material within the cancer cells have been destroyed, the cancer cells are not able to grow and spread. When they die, the body naturally removes them. Normal cells also are affected by radiation, but they are able to repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot.

Goals Of Radiation Therapy

Your radiation oncologist will develop a highly personalized care plan to meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Cure or shrink early-stage cancer.
  • Stop cancer from coming back (recurring) or moving somewhere else (metastasizing).
  • Treat and help minimize symptoms caused by advanced cancer.
  • Treat cancer that has returned (recurred).



Advanced Technology For Precise Treatment

 

TrueBeam Linear Accelerator

With our TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, you can receive precise radiation treatments in less time for more comfortable treatments with less damage to surrounding tissue. The accelerator is effective in delivering external beam radiation therapy in a sensitive area like the abdomen, breast, liver, lung, neck, or prostate.


INTERNAL BEAM RADIATION

Also called brachytherapy, internal beam radiation involves your doctor placing a small, powerful radioactive seed or pellet directly in or next to your tumor. This delivers a higher dose of radiation while still protecting as much healthy tissue as possible.

EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION

External beam radiation therapy uses a machine to direct high-energy beams of radiation at precise points on your body. This therapy includes 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Your Treatment Team

Your radiation therapy care team may include:

  • Radiation oncologist: Oversees your radiation therapy treatments.
  • Radiation therapist: Administers your daily radiation therapy treatment.
  • Radiation oncology nurse: Works alongside your radiation oncologist and radiation therapist to care for you and your family during your treatments.
  • Medical physicists: Works directly with the radiation oncologist during treatment planning and delivery.
  • Dosimetrists: Uses treatment planning computers to generate the radiation plan prescribed by your radiation oncologist.
  • Support care team: During your treatments, you will work with social workers, nutritionists, and nurse navigators.


Meet Our Director Of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Steven Oh joined Stamford Health in 2022. He is board-certified in radiation oncology. 

Dr. Oh graduated medical school and completed his internship at the Yale School of Medicine. He did his residency in radiation oncology at the Cleveland Clinic. He has significant experience with many techniques including low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, radioimmunotherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), Cyberknife radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). 

Dr. Oh comes to us from Hartford Health and was the lead head, neck, and gynecologic radiation oncologist. He also staffed the thoracic and genitourinary clinics and performed the majority of the HDR brachytherapy cases for his group. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Korean.

READ MORE ABOUT DR. OH



Meet Our Doctors

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  • DANA-FARBER BRIGHAM CANCER CENTER COLLABORATIVE PARTNER
Steven C Oh
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Andrew W Smith
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Shyam K Tanguturi
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Radiation Oncology FAQs

  • What types of cancers can be treated with radiation therapy?
    At Stamford Health, we employ radiation therapy to effectively treat a variety of cancers. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive care tailored to their specific needs. Cancers such as breast, lung, prostate, and many others can be successfully addressed through our advanced radiation therapy services.
  • What can you expect during a radiation therapy session at Stamford Health?
    During a radiation therapy session, you can expect a thorough and caring approach. Sessions typically last for a specific duration, and our team will guide you through the preparation steps. While the treatment is designed to target cancer cells, there may be potential side effects. Our compassionate staff is committed to providing support and guidance throughout your journey.
  • Can you receive radiation therapy as an outpatient, and how often will you need to come for treatment?
    Yes, radiation therapy is often administered on an outpatient basis for the convenience of our patients. The frequency and duration of treatment sessions will be determined based on your individual treatment plan. Our goal is to make the process as accessible and comfortable as possible while ensuring the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Is radiation therapy used in combination with other cancer treatments at Stamford Health?
    Absolutely. At Stamford Health, we believe in an integrated approach to cancer care. Radiation therapy may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy. This collaborative strategy ensures that you receive the most effective and personalized care to combat cancer.
  • How does Stamford Health ensure the safety and precision of radiation therapy treatments?
    Safety and precision are our top priorities. We utilize advanced technology and rigorous quality assurance measures to ensure the accuracy of radiation therapy procedures. Our dedicated team of experts is committed to delivering treatments with the utmost precision, minimizing potential side effects and maximizing the therapeutic benefits for our patients.
  • Can family members or friends accompany you during radiation therapy sessions?
    While we understand the importance of a strong support system, our policy regarding the presence of family members or friends during radiation therapy sessions may vary. We encourage you to check with our staff for specific guidelines. Additionally, we offer support services for family members and friends to ensure they have the resources and assistance they need during this challenging time. Your well-being and the support of your loved ones are of utmost importance to us.

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