Radiation Therapy

on May 21, 2013
If radiation therapy is part of your cancer plan, you will first be sent to have a series of images taken, which will then be evaluated by a radiation oncologist. 

During radiation therapy, you will lie on a special table while a large machine moves around you, delivering carefully planned doses of radiation to the targeted area.  Radiation therapy usually only take about 15-20 minutes, during which time you will also be given the choice to set our satellite radio to the station of your choice, making your therapy more enjoyable, thanks to our generous donors.  To find out more about how to donate to Pennington Cancer Center, please click here.


Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center is the first location in the United States to offer ARTISTE™, which is next-generation technology for radiation therapy and one of the most advanced radiation technologies in the world. It combines traditional linear accelerator capabilities with state-of-the-art features including real-time image-guidance for optimal precision.

Until now, patients undergoing radiation therapy to fight cancer sometimes incurred damage to healthy, non-cancerous tissue and cells. This happens primarily because tumors can change shape and size before, during and after treatment. While we have been using advanced technologies to predict these changes and adapt radiation therapies based on this information, there has always been a margin of error. But now, with the ARTISTE™, we are able to monitor the tumor in real-time during the administration of radiation therapy and make adjustments over the course of treatment delivery.