Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Department at Lake Charles Memorial Health System is the top facility for cancer treatment in Southwest Louisiana. Radiation treatment can target and shrink tumors as well as kill cancer cells.

Our radiation oncology specialists tailor treatments that offer superior therapeutic results—often in half the time. Treatment may be complicated by the structure of the breast and breast tissue’s irregular shape and contours. That’s why it is important to have a radiation oncologist experienced in:
  • Managing care for women with complex breast disease
  • Utilizing the latest technology and tissue-sparing therapies comparable to those found in large, metropolitan cancer centers.
  • CT planning that increases the precision of image guidance and spares exposure of healthy chest, heart and lung tissue
  • Partial breast irradiation capabilities—using pinpointed external beam which cuts treatment time in half
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery

We utilize advanced treatments such as Trilogy andSmart Arc technology. Close to 3 in 5 of cancer patients will receive radiation therapy, and our two Trilogy linear accelerators utilize a radiation technology that more accurately pinpoints and destroys cancer cells in less time and with less side effects. We also utilize computerized real-time positioning during radiation treatment sessions to manage the motion of cancerous tumors.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

IMRT gives radiation oncologists the tools and technology necessary to pinpoint and destroy cancer cells using non-invasive therapy. Imaging technology such as computed tomography (CT) gives the oncologist a three-dimensional image of the growth. This allows for precision in planning treatment of the cancer and eradication of the tumors using radiation therapy. Our technology enables us to maximize control of the radiation in order to precisely focus beams and protect surrounding, healthy parts of the body.


Our doctors carefully plan each patient's treatment. One option that may be considered for certain types of cancer-including gynecologic cancer, prostate cancer, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer-is brachytherapy, which essentially means "short distance therapy." This technologically advanced and complex method can be accomplished in minutes, and utilizes tiny sources of radioactivity-which are precisely placed in or directly beside tumors using a high dose rate after-loader-to destroy cancerous growths.

1701 Oak Park Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601