Radiation therapy services in Myrtle Beach

At Grand Strand Medical Center, we offer cutting-edge radiation oncology in Myrtle Beach. Our radiation team has expertise in treating all types of cancers with extensive experience in stereotactic radiosurgery. We will be with you every step of the way during your radiation treatment.

To learn more about our radiation services, call our cancer center at (843) 497-8300.

American College of Radiology (ACR)


Radiation oncology services at Grand Strand Medical Center are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). At this time, Grand Strand Health's Cancer Care is the only ACR-accredited radiation oncology facility in Myrtle Beach.

When you see the gold seal of accreditation displayed inside Cancer Care, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety.

As part of our commitment to providing excellent oncology services, our radiology team offers targeted cancer care. We will walk with you every step of the way to make sure you are comfortable with your treatment plan.

Preparing for radiation therapy

We customize the treatment process for each patient. Radiation therapy has four steps: consultation, simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery.

Consultation

Consultation is the first step of the radiation therapy process. This involves an appointment with our radiation oncologist to review your medical records, pathology reports and radiology images. We will also perform a physical examination. If we decide radiation therapy is right for you, we will schedule an appointment for simulation.

Simulation

During simulation, a special computerized tomography (CT) scan positions and marks the area being treated for radiation therapy. Images from the scan are used to develop a treatment plan.

To ensure radiation therapy treats the exact same place in the body each time, we may design a mold or mask to help you remain in the same position each day. At the end of the simulation, several small marks may be placed on the skin to identify the area to be treated.

Treatment planning and delivery

During the treatment planning and delivery stage, our radiation oncologist, physicist and dosimetrist use your CT scan images to create a customized treatment plan. The focus of treatment is to deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumor while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue. This helps preserve normal tissue and reduces treatment side effects.

Our radiation therapists are responsible for positioning and delivering the radiation dose prescribed by our radiation oncologist. Images are taken on the first day of treatment and at regular intervals, if necessary. These images confirm that the area of the body being treated has not changed position.

Supportive care during radiation treatment

During radiation therapy, our team will meet with you at least once a week to follow your progress, evaluate side effects and answer any questions you may have. As treatment progresses, our physicians may order blood and imaging tests to determine how you are responding. If the size of a tumor changes significantly, another simulation may be required.

Post treatment follow-up

After treatment is completed, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery and overall health. We will send status reports to all physicians involved in your care. As time goes by, the frequency of visits will decrease. However, our team will remain available to talk with you and address any questions and concerns.