Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Radiation Oncology

Treatment Close to Home

Cancer is a complex, challenging illness that is unique to each person. Our goal is to provide you with the personalized care you need, close to home.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to slow or stop a cancer tumor from growing. Modern technology lets doctors treat tumors precisely while sparing much of the healthy tissue around the tumor. Radiation therapy can cure cancer, keep it from spreading, slow cancer growth or ease symptoms.

We provide radiation oncology services at: Carris Health Cancer Center

What is Radiation Therapy?

The term radiation therapy most often refers to external beam radiation therapy. High-energy beams come from a machine that aims the beams at a precise point on your body. During a different type of radiation treatment called brachytherapy, radiation is placed inside your body.
Willmar Regional Cancer Center uses state-of-the-art linear accelerator, advanced imaging approaches, and high-speed computer-based systems – to deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with incredible precision. Our radiation team works together to offer the highest level of safety during every step of your treatment.

Side effects of radiation therapy depend on which part of your body is being exposed to radiation and how much radiation is used. Advances in the precision of radiation therapy has lessened the risk of complications, still you may experience side effects. Most side effects are temporary, can be controlled and generally disappear over time once treatment has ended.

If radiation is appropriate for you, our radiation oncologist will provide education on the different types of radiation treatment options.

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