Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is also used to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. It can be used alone or with surgery or chemo. Radiation treatment is like getting an x-ray. Sometimes it’s given by putting a “seed” inside the cancer to give off the radiation. Sovah Health uses the new and sophisticated radiation planning and treatment to optimize outcomes for our patients.

Internal Radiation

Internal radiation therapy is a form of treatment where a source of radiation is put inside your body. It is a type of  radiation therapy in which radioactive material sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters is placed directly into or near a tumor. Also called brachytherapy, implant radiation therapy and radiation brachytherapy. The patient usually stays in the hospital. The implants generally remain in place for several days.

External Radiation

The radiation comes from a large machine that aims radiation at your cancer. The machine is large and may be noisy. It does not touch you, but rotates around you, sending radiation to your body from many  directions. It is a local treatment, meaning that the  radiation is aimed only at a specific part of your body. For example, if you have lung cancer, you will get radiation  to your chest only and not the rest of your body. Most people  get external radiation therapy once a day, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Treatment lasts for 2 to 10 weeks, depending on the type of cancer you have and the goal of  your treatment. The time between your first and last radiation therapy sessions is called a course of treatment.

Radiation therapies at Sovah:

  • Brachytherapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

Receive radiation therapy treatment at one of our two locations:

Sovah Cancer Center -
Radiation Oncology

188 S. Main Street, Danville, VA 24541


Ravenel Cancer Center
Radiation Oncology
320 Hospital Drive, Martinsville, VA 24112


Call us to learn how we can help you in your fight against cancer, 844.GO.SOVAH.