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The Cancer Care Center

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The Cancer Care Center

Radiation oncology

At St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, radiation oncologists work with the entire health care team to coordinate the best possible care for you, which may include external beam radiation.

External beam radiation

During external beam radiation, the radiation beam is directed at you from a machine outside your body. External beam radiation is usually given on an outpatient basis over a period of a few weeks. Then you have a break for a few weeks to allow your body to recuperate. Each session lasts 10 to 30 minutes.

What to expect from external beam radiation:

  • You lie on the table, and the radiation device moves around you to deliver the radiation to your body.
  • You need to lie still, though you may breathe normally.
  • Your radiation therapy team cannot be in the room with you, but you remain in contact with them through an intercom and a closed circuit video camera system.

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For information about St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center - St. Louis, please call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.