TV Spot: "About Radiation Oncology" by Dr. Roger Holland

Dr. Roger Holland went to medical school at the University of Hawaii and was the Radiation Oncology Resident/Chief Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He completed his residency at Wake Forrest University/North Carolina Baptist Hospital Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Dr. Holland is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology. He works currently with Cancer Centers of North Carolina.

Radiation Oncology Tip Sheet for BCMS

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What is Radiation Oncology?
Radiation Oncology is the treatment of cancer using high-energy x-rays focused directly at the site of your cancer to stop the cells from growing and multiplying. About half of all people with cancer receive radiation therapy alone or in combination with other treatments, and for many individuals, radiation is the only cancer treatment they need. 
Depending on your specific type of cancer and your overall health, your Radiation Oncologist will use radiation therapy to achieve one or more of the following results:

  • Stop the growth of cancer cells to reduce their size before surgery or stop their growth after surgery.
  • Improve your quality of life. Even if it’s not possible to cure certain cancer cases, radiation therapy may still improve symptoms and provide relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Reduce the possibility of metastases, or disease spreading to other locations or organs within the body.

Visit to learn more about the different types of
Radiation Oncology Techniques available

What Can I Expect at My First Appointment?
Knowing what to expect and what to take with you to your first appointment can help things run more smoothly.  Because you will be receiving a lot of information, it is a good idea to take along a family member of a friend for support.  At your first appointment, you will meet your physician and cancer care team and learn about your diagnosis and treatment options.  Your first visit may include the following:

  • Meeting your doctor, which could include a physical examination
  • Undergoing additional testing for a more precise diagnosis so you and your physician can customize your treatment plan
  • Meeting your Radiation Therapy Team*
  • Meeting your financial counselor to discuss your insurance coverage, your out-of-pocket expenses, your financial responsibilities, and any billing questions you may have
  • Meeting your Cancer Resource Navigator to identify and discuss any non-oncology medical needs, such as transportation or home assistance


*The Radiation Therapy Team is made up of several medical professionals led by the Radiation Oncologist (a physician who specializes in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer), and includes a Medical Physicist, Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapists, and a Radiation Oncology Nurse.
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to ask your Radiation Oncologist.

This information is not intended to diagnose or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. WNC/BCMS does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.

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