Radiation Oncology Services Located at Bayonne Medical Center
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Through our sister hospital at Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates, we strive to provide the highest quality medical care in an atmosphere of caring and warmth for our patients. Our Radiation Oncology facility offers state-of-the-art technology. It is our intent to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their treatment and to help them resume their normal lives and activities as quickly as possible.
To ensure integrated patient care, our radiation oncologists cooperatively manage patients with the referring physicians, and ensure that those physicians are fully apprised of proposed treatment plans and results achieved during and after the treatment.
In 2012, Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates was fully renovated and offers a comfortable environment for patients. The facility houses a new, state-of-the-art Elekta Synergy®linear accelerator. This machine, which delivers radiation therapy, allows the physician to use image guidance during the treatment process to ensure accuracy.
The most recent service introduced at Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates is the GE Discovery PET/CT 600®. PET/CT, or Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, is a medical imaging device used by physicians for diagnostic and staging purposes. Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates is proud to be an Accredited PET/CT Facility by the American College of Radiology.
Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates is located on the ground floor of Bayonne Medical Center, with a private entrance on East 29th Street in the Lorraine M. LaPilusa Pavilion. Parking permits are available for our patients to park in front of the facility, 27 East 29th Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.
27 East 29th Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the radiation therapy hurt?
Patients cannot see, smell, taste, hear or feel radiation treatment. The actual radiation treatments are very similar to getting an X-ray. A small number of patients have felt warmth or a tingling sensation in the treatment area, but they did not feel any pain or discomfort.
Will I experience side effects?
Many patients have no side effects at all, but some patients do have side effects associated with the treatment area. Side effects vary from patient to patient and will depend mostly on the treatment dose, the part of the body that is treated and the patient's general health before treatment.
The most common side effects are fatigue and some skin redness in the treatment area.Other side effects usually are related to the treatment of specific areas, such as hair loss following radiation treatment to the head.
Although unpleasant, most side effects are not serious and can be controlled with medication or diet.
Can I continue to work?
Yes, most people undergoing radiotherapy can continue to work full time.
Can I take my medications?
Good nutrition is important during your radiation treatments, and taking a multivitamin at this time is acceptable. Your physician will, however, need to be aware of all medication and/or herbal products that you are currently taking, including large doses of any one vitamin.
How long will the course of treatment last?
Treatments are delivered daily, Monday through Friday. The length of a patient’s treatment varies, depending on the stage and type of cancer.
How long is each daily treatment session?
On average, a patient’s appointment lasts 20-30 minutes. The actual radiation treatment takes 2-7 minutes, depending on the type of treatment.
Will the treatment make me radioactive?
External-beam radiation therapy does not make a person radioactive at any time. The radiation is delivered to the body, and there is no lingering radiation once the treatment machine is turned off.
Am I safe to be around children?
Yes, you are completely safe to interact with children of any age.
Is it safe to be sexually active?
Yes. You cannot transfer radiation or cancer to your partner. However, if you are trying to have children, speak with your physician.
Can I drive to my radiation treatment?
Almost all patients are able to drive while receiving radiotherapy treatment. However, with some types of cancer, driving may NOT be recommended due to fatigue or strong pain medication. Your physician will be able to address your specific case.
Can I take my medications?
Good nutrition is important during your radiation treatments, and taking a multivitamin at this time is acceptable. Your physician will, however, need to be aware of all medication and/or herbal products that you are currently taking, including large doses of any one vitamin. In some cases, mega-vitamins may be harmful.