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Department of Radiation Oncology
Patient care involves members of a multidisciplinary team which includes doctors, nurses and radiation therapists. Massachusetts General Hospital is a teaching hospital where residents and fellows, who are completing specialized training in radiation oncology, work closely with the attending doctors.
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The Breast Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is staffed by leading radiation-therapy experts who provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care to patients with breast cancer.
Specialists in the Central Nervous System Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology include some of the world's leading experts in using radiation therapies to treat brain tumors and cancers of the spine and peripheral nervous system.
The Gastrointestinal Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology treats all types of GI cancers, including difficult-to-treat, advanced-stage pancreatic cancer and liver cancer, using the latest radiation therapies.
Specialists in the Genitourinary Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology are renowned for their expertise in using advanced radiation therapies to treat cancers of the urinary tract (men and women) and the reproductive tract (men).
The Gynecologic Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology administers innovative radiation treatments to women with malignancies of the reproductive tract.
The Department of Radiation Oncology's Head-and-Neck Program specializes in providing state-of-the-art radiation therapy for patients with head-and-neck cancers, including complex forms of these diseases.
The Hematologic Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology specializes in treating lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia and other blood disorders with advanced radiation therapies.
Leading specialists in the Melanoma and Skin Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology use advanced radiation therapies and techniques to treat melanoma and other malignant skin tumors.
Managing treatment for hundreds of patients annually, the Ocular Melanoma and Eye Tumor Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology specializes in state-of-the-art radiation therapy for patients with malignant and benign eye tumors.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Department of Radiation Oncology provides radiation therapy to treat a variety of tumors in children using the most current techniques available.
The Sarcoma Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology uses state-of-the-art radiation therapies to treat soft tissue and bone tumors, both malignant and benign.
Specialists in the Department of Radiation Oncology's Thoracic Program treat patients with lung and esophageal cancers and other tumors of the chest using the latest radiation therapies.
A type of conformal radiation which shapes the radiation beam to approximately the shape of the tumor. IMRT enables a more precise conformal radiation dose distribution to the target area by allowing the physician to control the intensity of the radiation beam within a given area.
An IMRT radiation technique, which can achieve highly conformal dose distributions with improved target volume coverage and sparing of normal tissues compared in one or two gantry arcs which results in reduced treatment time.
Precise delivery of radiation to a brain tumor while sparing normal surrounding brain tissue. This technique achieves a higher dose than what could be given with conventional techniques.
A treatment technique which delivers a large, precise dose of radiation directly into the tumor bed during surgery.
Procedure where doctors place a very high energy radiation source inside your body near the tumor site for a brief period of time. Healthy exposure to normal surrounding tissue can be minimized.
High quality, pre-treatment imaging to pinpoint the tumor site and verify correct patient positioning.
Breast sparing procedure that delivers external beam radiation twice a day for five days following lumpectomy surgery. This technique offers a significant time saving compared to the whole breast irradiation protocol which requires five to seven weeks of radiation therapy. Treatment with this technique includes a critical selection process by the treatment team.
Adds another dimension (time) to the traditional CT scan used to plan radiation treatment. This method allows radiation therapists to precisely target therapy to moving organs such as the lungs.
A technique that synchronizes radiation to a tumor’s movement, sparing healthy tissue by stopping or "gating" the beam when the tumor moves out of treatment range.
A radiation treatment technique which is generally delivered as part of the preparation for a bone marrow transplant.
A special 3D imaging technique used to verify patient alignment before treatment, as well as track positioning in real time during treatment. This technology uses cameras that detect the patient's skin surface and computes it into a 3D image. It is often used to track deep inspiration breath holds during certain breast cancer treatments.
A proton treatment technique which allows even more precise shaping of the beam's range and dosage to a three-dimensional target area.
The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.
Read our patient information guide to learn more about the different types of radiation treatments and what patients can expect.
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