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Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology at URMC is the region’s leader in radiation cancer treatment. We are also recognized nationally as one of the leading institutions in radiation technology, treatment and research in radiation and cancer biology, as well as radiation late effects.

The Department of Radiation Oncology treats all types of cancer as well as some benign conditions. More importantly, we provide treatment by subspecialists. In other words, the doctors who treat you have a large amount of experience in your specific type of cancer.

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Radiation Oncology

UR Medicine's Approach

Radiation oncology is one of the three major cancer specialties in oncologic medicine. It uses energy from radiation beams, radio isotopes, or charged particles to target tumors and to eradicate cancer cells.

Radiation beams are usually generated in treatment machines, such as linear accelerators or high-energy CT scanners. Another type of radiation treatment uses radioisotopes, or radioactive materials. 

In addition to getting rid of cancer, radiation treatment is highly effective in reducing symptoms such as cancer-related pain. Radiation has also been used in the treatment of many benign (non-cancerous) conditions in both adults and children.

There are two simple reasons our patients have a high level of trust in our care:

  • We have the most advanced expertise in the region.
  • We have highly compassionate teams of caregivers and cancer specialists.

What Sets Us Apart?

At the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, the Department of Radiation Oncology is an essential part of multidisciplinary care. In other words, a team of experts from surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and many other disciplines will come together to evaluate and manage your cancer treatment. This is a unique approach to care and is considered the ideal model of cancer care.

The Department of Radiation Oncology provides state-of-the-art treatment technology to increase the curability of cancer while reducing side effects. Our comprehensive cancer care team includes physician radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, nurses, social workers, and nutritionists.


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Patient Education & Support

Your treatment will involve a team of healthcare providers from the Department of Radiation Oncology. Typically, a radiation oncologist will direct the radiation treatment process and plans. Your team will also include a secretary, a nurse, a nurse practitioner, a resident physician in training, radiation therapists who operate the treatment machines, and a radiation dosimetrist or physicist specializing in radiation treatment physical plans.

The department also offers assistance from social workers and nutritionists. Support groups for cancer patients are also available. These include disease-specific groups, age-specific groups, and many others.

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