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The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital has an exceptionally comprehensive radiation treatment program.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital has an exceptionally comprehensive radiation treatment program. The radiation oncologists coordinate patient care with their subspecialty counterparts in Surgical Oncology, Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Pathology and Diagnostic Radiology. Special equipment and facilities including the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center, richly complement this sub specialization of medical talents. Our radiation oncologists work with clinical physicists to bring the latest technological developments from industry to our patients. Treatment plans are created using the most advanced computing and imaging techniques. Clinicians, Radiation Oncologists, and Physicists have access to a complete array of devices to carefully administer radiation to “target tissues” while minimizing radiation exposure to uninvolved tissue. The goal of radiation therapy is to eradicate or shrink the tumor cells without damaging the surrounding tissue. Radiation therapy may be used to cure a cancer, to help keep it from spreading, or to help improve quality of life by relieving pain or other symptoms. Radiation therapy uses photons, electrons, and protons. Higher energy x-ray beams set at a specific distance from the body are used to destroy malignant tissues by causing a break down in the genetic structure or DNA of the cells. These cells are permanently damaged and cannot repair themselves.
In order to provide the best possible care to the patient, the patient's evaluation and treatment is managed by members of individual multidisciplinary clinical cancer programs that are organized by cancer diagnosis. These include cancers of the:
The participation of patients in these multidisciplinary programs assures patient access to national, multi-institutional clinical trials as well as those developed and exclusively offered at the Cancer Center.
Located in the lower level of the Cox building, our main radiation oncology facility houses:
Our linear accelerators vary in the energy of their beams. We take advantage of their differences by assigning patients to the treatment unit that will provide the optimal energy beam for their type and location of tumor. Special radiation technologies available within the scope of the program include:
The majority of radiation oncology patients receive treatments once per day five days per week. The radiation oncologist determines the total number of treatments. Licensed radiation therapists faithfully administer the radiation “prescription”. If you have questions regarding the Department of Radiation Oncology please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Research is an essential part of the Department of Radiation Oncology's mission. Clinical research, basic research and physics research are conducted into the causes and mechanisms of cancer, with an emphasis on translating that work to clinical application, so that we can offer patients the benefits of these advances.
Biostatistics & Biomathematics Cellular and Molecular Radiation Oncology Laboratory Edwin Steele Laboratory Physics Research
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