Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology Offers Advanced Cancer Treatment and Patient-Centered Care

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The Department of Radiation Oncology at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers advanced cancer treatments and highly skilled, patient-centered care.

Our oncology experts use radiation alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy for individualized treatment protocols to cure or control cancer.

Curing Cancer with Targeted Radiation

Today’s advanced radiation therapy is able to deliver higher doses to cancerous tissues with improved accuracy. This more targeted approach kills the cancer cells and decreases the size and volume of malignant tumors while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Some examples of targeted radiation include:

Nationally Recognized Experts

The Department of Radiation Oncology offers nationally recognized subspecialty experts who treat unusual cancers or complicated cases at UH Seidman Cancer Center, located on the main campus at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Our experts specialize in:

In addition, we offer pediatric radiation oncology for younger patients with cancer in collaboration with the nationally ranked University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Individualized Treatments

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists meet to determine the most appropriate individualized treatment, depending on the type of tumor.

Radiation therapy requires precise planning and exact preparation before being administered to patients. The complex planning and delivery process of radiation therapy uses computerized calculations determined by each patient’s individual circumstances.

Nationally Recognized Research Leadership

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UH Seidman Cancer Center is actively involved with numerous national and international research organizations such as the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), one of the largest clinical cancer research organizations in the U.S. for adult cancer clinical trials.

In addition, the Department of Radiation Oncology is one of the top 10 recognized centers for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), both national clinical cooperative groups.

Our physician researchers hold key leadership positions on the boards of these organizations to direct the planning and development of the next phase of clinical trials for improved standards of care and patient outcomes. Working within these networks in leadership positions, the UH Department of Radiation Oncology collaborates with other national cancer experts with the common goal to control, treat, and ultimately cure cancer.

Patient-Centered Cancer Treatment

Our experts offer compassionate, patient-centered cancer treatment that ensures a personalized plan for every patient. In addition, every patient at the Department of Radiation Oncology has an integrated team of dedicated and highly skilled specialists representing many cancer-related fields, including:

  • Radiation oncologists: Medical doctors trained in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer
  • Medical physicists: Specialists with advanced degrees who determine the treatment dose schedule and plan and ensure that the radiation is safe and accurate
  • Medical dosimetrists: Health care professionals who plan and determine the radiation dose for each treatment
  • Nurses: Registered nurses with oncology background and special training in radiation therapy that educate patients in managing side effects of treatment and offer guidance in self-care
  • Radiation therapists: Therapists who are trained to position patients for treatment, operate the treatment machines, and give the radiation treatment with accuracy
  • Oncology social workers: Professionals with experience to assist patients and families with practical and emotional problems that may occur with a cancer diagnosis
  • Nutritionists: Registered dietitians who help cancer patients maintain weight and nutritional status tailored to the patient's specific needs
  • Psychologists: Specially trained professionals who assist with psychological stress that can accompany a diagnosis such as cancer

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