To Our Patients
This brochure will introduce you to Good Samaritan’s Radiation Oncology Treatment Center and, hopefully, put you at ease during what may be a difficult and confusing time.
The Radiation Oncology Department treats different types of cancer through various forms of radiation. You may wonder why your doctors have referred you to Good Samaritan and why you need to be cared for by a new team of health care providers.
Modern radiation therapy is one of the most highly technological branches of medicine. Good Samaritan’s treatment machines are sophisticated and use computer-assisted treatment delivery and monitoring systems for accuracy and precision.
Every patient receives individualized care designed to produce optimum benefit. To achieve this, you need to be treated by a team dedicated exclusively to providing the highest quality of radiation care.
Your Doctor Has Referred You To The Radiation Oncology Treatment Center
You probably want to know more about what will happen throughout your treatment. Feeling anxious is natural. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable. The following information may answer some questions.
Where Will I Be Going For These Treatments?
Good Samaritan’s Radiation Oncology Treatment Center is located at 1000 Montauk Highway in West Islip. The center houses state-of-the-art equipment and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is pleasant, friendly and eager to make your visits as pleasant as possible.
What Is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation oncology (sometimes called radiation therapy or radiotherapy) uses high-energy rays to treat cancer and other diseases. When radiation is used in high doses (similar to those used for X-ray exams) and aimed at targeted areas of the body, the rays can destroy cells, preventing them from growing and reproducing. In many cases, radiation therapy is the best method to treat cancer.
Cancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells. Although some normal cells are affected by radiation, most appear to recover better from the effects of radiation than cancer cells.
Doctors limit radiation to the area being treated, so the cancer will be targeted rather than normal tissue. Half of all cancer patients are treated with radiation and cure rates are on the rise. Thousands of people are free of cancer after having radiation treatments alone, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Doctors may use radiation before surgery to shrink a tumor. Following surgery, radiation therapy may be used to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells. For patients suffering from cancer with no cure, radiation therapy can help improve quality of life by shrinking tumors and reducing pressure, bleeding, pain or other symptoms. This is called palliative care.