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Is there a difference between radiation oncology and radiation therapy?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: No.

A radiation oncologist is a physician trained to prescribe radiation therapy.

In brief: No.

A radiation oncologist is a physician trained to prescribe radiation therapy.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Brian Lawenda
The two terms are often used interchangeably
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

One in the same. Hope this helps.

In brief: No

One in the same. Hope this helps.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Dr. Christian Schultheis
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No other than the dz

Radiation or x-ray therapy is used mostly to treat cancer or malignancies which is referred to as oncology.
Throughout the history of radiation therapy a number of benign or noncancerous diseases have been treated with radiation. Most use the terms interchangeably. Today we use radiation therapy to tx benign conditions such as keloids, heterotropic ossification, plantar fasciitis, &some B9 tumors.

In brief: No other than the dz

Radiation or x-ray therapy is used mostly to treat cancer or malignancies which is referred to as oncology.
Throughout the history of radiation therapy a number of benign or noncancerous diseases have been treated with radiation. Most use the terms interchangeably. Today we use radiation therapy to tx benign conditions such as keloids, heterotropic ossification, plantar fasciitis, &some B9 tumors.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Semantic

Subtleties.
..Oncology means study of tumor, and radiation oncology is the role of radiotherapy in the treatment of tumors. Therapy is 'treatment: focused" as opposed to modality focused. Since radiotherapy can be used in things other than cancer or tumor, some object to the oncology term. Others dislike therapy because it sounds so utterly unscientific.

In brief: Semantic

Subtleties.
..Oncology means study of tumor, and radiation oncology is the role of radiotherapy in the treatment of tumors. Therapy is 'treatment: focused" as opposed to modality focused. Since radiotherapy can be used in things other than cancer or tumor, some object to the oncology term. Others dislike therapy because it sounds so utterly unscientific.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Terminology

Radiation therapy is the delivery of radiation to treat an illness (usually malignant) radiation oncology is the study and science associated with the delivery of that therapy.

In brief: Terminology

Radiation therapy is the delivery of radiation to treat an illness (usually malignant) radiation oncology is the study and science associated with the delivery of that therapy.
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
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