Rapid Access Radiation Therapy (RAP-PT)
The new Rapid Access Radiation Therapy program (RAP-RT) provides pain relief to patients with cancer that has spread to the bone. As a source of comfort for patients with advanced cancer, palliative radiation is an effective treatment – used as an alternative to narcotics or in addition to other pain medications.
Rapid Access Program for Radiation Therapy (RAP-RT) at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson provides patients with a consultation, a CT simulation and treatment, all within a four-hour visit.
When is RAP-PT Used?
In cases of advanced cancer, radiation therapy is often used not to cure the disease, but rather as palliative therapy to relieve pain or other symptoms. Palliative radiation therapy may be given to shrink tumors that:
- Press on the spine or grow within a bone (bone metastases), which can cause pain.
- Form from cancer cells that have spread to the brain from another part of the body (brain metastases).
- Can interfere with a patient's ability to eat and drink due to their location near the esophagus.
- Invade blood vessels and cause bleeding.
Why use RAP-PT?
Palliative radiation is an effective pain relief and comfort treatment for patients with advanced cancer. It can be used as an alternative to narcotics or in addition to other medications.
Schedule an Appointment
Rapid Access Radiation Therapy is available on Fridays, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Bodine Center, 111 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
To refer a patient, please call Karen Ben Abdallah at (267)-588-3395.