Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

What to Expect

On a patient’s first visit, the radiation oncologist will discuss treatment options, including the role radiation will have with other treatment modalities including chemotherapy and surgery. After the initial visit, a specialized CT scan to localize the tumor cells will be scheduled. A treatment plan specific to the patient will be developed, overseen directly by the radiation oncologist. This planning process can take 1 day or up to 2 weeks depending on the type of treatment. When the treatment plan is complete, the patient will be scheduled to begin their radiation therapy treatments. Typically, treatments occur Monday through Friday until the total number of treatments prescribed by the physician has been delivered. A treatment course will generally last from 7 to 9 weeks.

Radiation Therapy

Linear Accelerator capable of Rapid Arc Therapy

Advanced Cancer Care

At Urology & Oncology Specialists, PC our patients are the priority; this is why we offer a variety of treatment options to best meet every patient’s individual needs. Services offered in our center include:

  • 3-D Conformal treatments shape the radiation beam to the tumor, sparing radiation dose to healthy tissue. Cancers commonly treated with 3-D Conformal technique are lung, breast, and skin cancers.
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) varies the intensity of the radiation over the treatment area to reduce dose to healthy tissue while maximizing dose to the tumor. Cancers commonly treated with IMRT include: esophageal, lung, breast, brain, pancreatic, colorectal, lymphomas, bladder and sarcomas.
  • RapidArc® is an advanced form of treatment delivery that is delivered quicker and more precisely than conventional treatments. RapidArc® treatment is utilized for cancers such as prostate, head & neck, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, colorectal, lymphomas, and bladder cancers.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy delivers extremely precise, very intense doses of radiation to cancer cells while minimizing dose to normal tissue. Additionally these patients are fitted for a custom full body mold for comfort and motion reduction during treatment. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy can be used to treat small cancers in the body such as small lung cancers.
  • Cone Beam CT imaging is used before and sometimes during treatment to verify proper alignment of the treatment borders. Millimeter adjustments are made to improve accuracy before treatment is delivered every day.

Meet Your Treatment Team

Kenneth E. Ellingwood MD Radiation Therapy Oncologist

Dr. Kenneth Ellingwood

- Radiation Therapy Oncologist

Dr. Ellingwood was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended undergraduate school at Harding University and medical school at the University of Missouri. He graduated from both institutions with academic honors. Dr. Ellingwood is an acknowledged expert in the treatment of head and neck cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.

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Dr. Robert Weinacker

Dr. Robert Weinacker

- Radiation Therapy Oncologist

Bio is pending.

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Carol K. Stapleton, CRNP

Carol Stapleton


Carol K. Stapleton was born and raised in Bay Minette, Alabama. She graduated in 1997 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mobile then received her Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse educator/Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2010. She then furthered her education and obtained a Post Masters Degree as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in 2012.

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Radiation Therapy Location

Springhill Memorial Hospital, West Entrance

Where to Find Us

Located at Springhill Medical Center. Located in the Cancer Center entrance, on the northwest corner of main hospital building. Our office is the first on the left.

Radiation Therapy

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