The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates performs radiation oncology in Columbia, SC.
Radiation oncology harnesses the power of ionizing radiation, which consists of highly energized particles, X-rays or gamma rays to treat cancer. SCOA offers several cutting edge radiation oncology technologies for cancer treatment in Columbia.
The radiation oncologists at SCOA are board-certified experts in the evaluation and treatment of cancer. Our radiation oncologists work with medical physicists, dosimetrists and nurses and therapists as part of a highly sought-after cancer fighting team. SCOA radiation oncologists work closely with medical oncologists, who provide treatment with chemotherapy and other types of therapy. This team approach to cancer care allows our radiation oncologists to treat cancer in the most effective and aggressive manner possible without compromising patient safety.
Continuous improvements in technologies and techniques have revolutionized radiation oncology, and SCOA has been the pacesetter in radiation oncology in South Carolina and much of the Southeast. SCOA was one of the first South Carolina oncology centers to implement revolutionary radiation therapy treatments, such as:
SCOA is one of a limited number of private practices with access to Gamma Knife technology, which uses precise beams of radiation to destroy tumors of the brain, head and neck. Our SCOA radiation oncologists and medical physicists work with neurosurgeons in South Carolina to provide care at the Gamma Knife Center of the Carolinas. There, they treat brain tumors, vascular abnormalities affecting blood vessels, and other neurologic conditions. Because the Gamma Knife uses beams of radiation rather than complicated invasive surgery, patients can undergo treatment as outpatients and avoid a lengthy hospital stay.
Our radiation oncologists use IMRT, IGRT, VMAT, SBRT, and Gamma Knife to treat cancer with submillimeter accuracy. These precision therapies allow our cancer doctors to target a tumor while minimizing the effects of radiation on the surrounding tissue, which gives patients the best possible outcome and the shortest recovery time.