Radiation oncology in Nashville, Tennessee
Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. TriStar Health's family of hospitals in Middle Tennessee have advanced technology to target cancerous areas. To do this, we collaborate with Sarah Cannon, one of the largest providers of radiation therapy services in the country.
To learn more about our radiation therapy services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.
Accredited radiation therapy services
Our radiation therapists have specialized knowledge in the treatment of rare, unusual and complex cancers. Using different types of radiation therapy, including brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery, they have the ability to precisely target and treat tumors. They can also reduce side effects of treatment using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and a robotic radiosurgery system, a noninvasive surgical alternative.
The process of radiation therapy
Your cancer care team consists of many experts coming together to ensure the best possible care for you in your journey. If your oncologist recommends radiation therapy as part of your treatment, you can expect the following:
Initial consultation with a radiation therapist
After registration, you will have an initial consultation with your radiation oncologist. He or she will explain the diagnosis and the reason radiation therapy is necessary as well as how many treatments are needed and what side effects to expect. From there, you will schedule a radiation therapy planning appointment.
Radiation therapy planning
Radiation therapy planning requires a special diagnostic imaging exam known as a computed tomography (CT) scan, which is performed by a radiation therapist. After the CT scan is complete, the radiation therapist schedules your next visit.
Radiation therapy planning is quite complex and can take several days to complete. Although we understand the urgency to begin treatment, we are very careful to take the time to create an optimized plan for you. This will ensure your safety and maximize the treatment's effectiveness.
Treatment setup verification
During your next visit, we verify your treatment setup. The first session is not a radiation treatment - it is used to ensure your treatments will be exactly as your doctor has planned.
At the end of your verification session, the radiation therapist will explain the process of your daily check-in for treatments. Treatments then typically begin within a few days.
Daily radiation treatments
Radiation treatments are delivered on consecutive weekdays and with weekends off. Treatments can be as short as five minutes or as long as 30 minutes. Your therapists will let you know approximately how long it will take.
The medical staff will see you at least once a week during your course of radiation therapy. These visits are brief, symptom-management checks and typically last five minutes.
Family members are not permitted to observe radiation treatments. We understand many patients may want to share this experience with loved ones, however, to prioritize patient privacy and guest safety, we ask only the patient be present for treatments.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.