Research is an essential part of the MGH 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.
Working at the cellular and molecular levels, our studies cover a range of topics, including mechanisms of cell death, DNA damage induction and repair processes, bystander effects, and cancer genetics.
The Edwin L. Steele Laboratory is committed to improving the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in patients through a better understanding of tumor pathophysiology and host-tumor interactions.
Research efforts are focused on developing radiation treatment techniques to optimize physical dose conformation to the tumor target volume and to increase the precision of the dose application.
The Division of Biostatistics & Biomathematics supports research-oriented databases and data management needs for Radiation Oncology.