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Biomolecular and biophysics research in Radiation Oncology is focused on fostering advances with potential applications to the care of patients with localized malignancies.
Proton beam therapy at MGH Cancer Center
Laboratory research in the Department of Radiation Oncology includes the Steele Laboratories with a focus on anti-angiogenic therapies and bioengineering; research on mechanisms of DNA damage induced by radiation; and radiation physics focused on the application of proton and other state of the art approaches used in radiation treatment of localized cancer.
Massachusetts General Hospital was established in 1811 and is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. With an annual budget of more than $500 million, it conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, through major research centers in cancer, human genetics, regenerative biology, systems biology, AIDS, cardiovascular medicine, computational biology, cutaneous biology, transplantation biology and photomedicine.
Research on cancer -- ranging from studies of genetic and epigenetic causes to sophisticated imaging, molecular therapeutics, bioengineering and computational biology, and population-based prevention studies -- takes place across the entire institution: in the dedicated laboratories of the Center for Cancer Research, the Steele Laboratory within the department of radiation oncology, and in laboratories within the departments of medicine, surgery, radiation therapy, pediatrics, pathology, radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, molecular biology, orthopedics, urology, dermatology and psychiatry. Clinical research is orchestrated within dedicated multidisciplinary disease centers and supported by a centralized protocol office. Massachusetts General is proud of its exceptionally diverse and collaborative research program on cancer, spanning from the laboratory to the clinic.
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