Päijät-Häme Radiation Therapy Unit, Päijät-Häme Central Hospital LahtiKeywords:
- radiation therapy
- cancer treatment
- Comprehensive Cancer Center
HUS Päijät-Häme Radiation Therapy Unit is part of the HUS Comprehensive Cancer Center and it is located in Lahti.
Our unit has two linear accelerators for use in external radiation therapy and a CT scanner. We mainly treat adult patients from the Päijät-Häme region. Patients are referred to radiation therapy after an evaluation by an oncologist.
In the Radiation Therapy Unit, we can provide
- image-guided site-specific radiation therapy using modern techniques
- radiation therapy with deep inspiration breath hold technique
- therapies requiring special technology and interstitial radiotherapy are centered in the Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Radiation Therapy Ward in Helsinki
In some cases of cancer, it is possible to improve the effect of radiation therapy by simultaneously administering cytotoxic drug treatment. The outpatient clinic for Cancer and Blood diseases, located in the Central Hospital of Päijät-Hämeen Hyvinvointikuntayhtymä (PHHYKY, well-being consortium), 2nd floor, k2, is responsible for implementing the cytotoxic drug treatment.
The planning of your radiation therapy at our clinic usually includes:
- a physician’s appointment
- manufacturing of an individual positioning mold device (depending on the treatment site)
- a CT scan and planning of the radiation dose
We plan radiation therapy for each patient individually, and for this reason the number and duration of treatment times, the choice of the treatment machine, as well as other aspects vary from patient to patient. Your first radiation therapy session is usually scheduled approximately 1–2 weeks after your initial physician's appointment. A single session including preparations usually takes approximately 10–20 minutes. Radiation therapy cannot be felt or seen, and it will not harm the persons accompanying you.
Most of our treatments are are provided as outpatient care. The length of your treatment period varies from one treatment session to seven weeks of treatment. Breast and prostate cancers are the most common cancer types treated in our unit.
Maisa Portal (opens in new window, links to another website)
You can use our online services by signing in to the Maisa Portal. Once your treatment with us begins, you will receive information on the services you can access in Maisa. These include appointment booking and preliminary information forms, for example.
The Patient Guide site answer the most common questions you might have before, during and after treatment.