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Department of Radiation Oncology
Our mission is to preserve the patient's eye and its normal function. Managing therapy for hundreds of patients annually, our radiation oncologists are some of the country's most experienced in treating eye tumors with today's sophisticated technologies. Mass General is one of the few hospitals in the world with a proton beam facility and a treatment line dedicated to the eye.
We administer radiation therapy for conditions such as:
For patients with detached retinas and other eye disorders, we work closely with their specialists at the world-renowned Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary(MEEI). This unique collaboration between physicians from two of Boston's major medical centers ensures our patients receive outstanding and comprehensive care.
Many of the leading-edge treatments that we use were introduced or developed by our team. Perhaps the most well-known is proton therapy. For select patients, this breakthrough treatment pinpoints a high radiation dose to the eye tumor while achieving excellent protection of the surrounding tissue. In 1961 its clinical use was pioneered by Harvard physicists. Their work inspired Herman Suit, MD, PhD, to champion the founding of the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center (FHBPTC) at Mass General.
Since the center's creation, we have continued to improve proton ocular radiation therapy (PORT). Patient outcomes are impressive, and some patients may experience improved vision.
Not everyone is a candidate for proton therapy. Imaging studies and an evaluation by an ocular specialist are required to ensure the therapy is appropriate. In many cases, we treat patients with innovative 3D conformal radiation techniques, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, which typically produce outstanding outcomes.
Following treatment, patients typically receive follow-up care from their MEEI physicians or from eye specialists in their communities.
Our team is dedicated to keeping you completely informed and encourages you to ask us about any step in the treatment process, from understanding the safety of your therapy to managing side effects.
Due to our depth and breadth of expertise, we receive patient referrals from eye specialists nationwide. Our staff of accomplished radiation oncologists includes:
We encourage you to ask us about any step in the treatment process, from understanding the safety of your therapy to managing side effects. The answers to many frequently asked questions also appear in
Your Guide to Radiation Therapy (PDF).
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Clark Center for Radiation Oncology
Vida E & Arthur L. Goldstein Lunder Building
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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