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Department of Radiation Oncology
A hallmark of our program is the compassionate care and individualized attention you receive from our physicians, nurses and support staff. Each step of your treatment is managed by a single, dedicated radiation oncologist who specializes in treating cancers and tumors of the:
Centered on reproductive-tract tissues, gynecologic radiation therapy requires exceptional precision to minimize the impact of treatment on sexual, hormonal and reproductive functions. Our radiation oncologists' extensive experience and knowledge of reproductive anatomy and physiology, combined with their expertise in radiation therapy, make them particularly qualified to treat women with gynecologic cancers.
Several days each week, Dr. Russell serves as the radiation oncology consultant at the multidisciplinary clinic in the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Cancers, which is part of the Cancer Centerand where some of your treatment may be administered.
At this highly specialized clinic, Dr. Russell and members of our staff work shoulder-to-shoulder with your entire cancer treatment team, which may include:
This multidisciplinary approach enables us to provide comprehensive care tailored to your individual needs.
Our program is led byAnthony Russell, MD, who has treated thousands of patients in a career that spans more than 30 years. Dr. Russell is known for his expertise in administering brachytherapy, a technique that requires advanced technical skills and years of practice to plan and deliver effectively. Using brachytherapy, he has treated hundreds of patients successfully since the 1980s.
Dr. Russell also is an active clinical researcher who has published dozens of articles in medical journals and served on the editorial board of Gynecological Oncology, the field's most prestigious publication. He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society, the national and international societies for physicians specializing in the care of women with primary cancers of the reproductive tract.
Today Dr. Russell works to improve patient outcomes by studying new imaging technologies for evaluating the extent of disease in patients with gynecologic cancer and by analyzing the effectiveness of treating patients with combinations of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. A major focus of his work involves reducing side effects associated with radiation therapy.
Andrea Russo, MD, is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School (MD) and Middlebury College (BA). She completed an internship in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and her residency in radiation oncology in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. She uses cutting edge technology including IMRT, proton therapy, intraoperative radiation, and brachytherapy to treat a wide variety of gynecologic malignancies. She hopes to improve patient outcomes through her research focusing on the clinical correlation of molecular tumor markers.
Our team is dedicated to keeping you completely informed and encourages your questions about any step in the treatment process, from understanding the safety of your therapy to managing side effects. Answers to many frequently asked questions also appear in Your Guide to Radiation Therapy (PDF).
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Clark Center for Radiation Oncology
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Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center30 Fruit StreetBoston, MA 02114Phone: 617-726-0923 (Proton Inquiry Line: 617-724-1680)Fax: 617-726-6498Email: InformationRadOnc@partners.org
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