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Radiation Oncology

Radiation Therapy at UH Seidman Cancer Center

At University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, our sole purpose is to improve the lives of cancer patients. Our radiation oncology program offers a world-class team of hundreds of the most compassionate and talented individuals, all with the singular focus of providing cancer care the way it should be – all about the patient.

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To schedule an appointment with a radiation oncology specialist, call 216-844-3951

Why Choose UH Seidman Cancer Center for Cancer Care?

The incredible advances in radiotherapeutic technology have enabled the delivery of highly personalized, ultra-fast, accurate, convenient and a completely non-invasive treatment for cancer patients. This is the foundation of the quality care delivered by UH Seidman Cancer Center’s radiation oncology team.

Some of the ways we are advancing the patient experience include:

  • Testing real-time patient monitoring of side effects and treatment delivery
  • Use of deep learning and artificial intelligence to improve safety, quality, efficiency and personalized treatment approaches
  • Incorporating genomics, advanced imaging, and innovative clinical trials to revolutionize the journey and outcomes for cancer patients

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, works by delivering high doses of radiation that kill cancer cells or slow down their growth. Radiation therapy works gradually and generally requires several weeks of treatments to effectively damage the cancer cells’ DNA enough to kill them. The cancer cells will continue to die even after radiation therapy sessions have ended.

There are many types of radiation therapy, and the type used in your treatment plan will depend on many factors, such as:

  • Type of cancer
  • Size of tumor
  • Location of tumor
  • Other cancer treatments you are undergoing
  • Your health and demographic factors

The number of radiotherapy treatments you will receive can also vary based on the type of radiation therapy being used and other factors related to your specific cancer.

Conditions and Treatments

Radiation therapy can be used to treat a wide range of common and rare cancer types. UH Seidman Cancer Center offers some of the most advanced radiotherapy technologies, such as image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), proton beam therapy, and Gamma Knife technology.

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Our Team

The radiation oncology team at UH Seidman Cancer Center is made up of specially trained healthcare professionals who are experts in radiation therapy and cancer care. Members of our team include:

  • Radiation oncologists: Medical doctors trained in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer.
  • Advanced practice providers: Healthcare providers, including Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, to help with the diagnosis, treatment recommendations, on treatment assessments, and survivorship care.
  • Medical physicists: Specialists trained in physics, including radiological physics, and also in clinical, basic medical, and radiobiological sciences. They help ensure the accurate delivery of all aspects of treatment.
  • Medical and Physics Residents: Physicians and physicists undergoing training
  • Medical dosimetrists: Health care professionals who design, generate, and measure radiation dose distributions and dose calculations while providing oversight to high level treatment procedures.
  • Radiation therapists: A medical professional who administers radiation to patients who have cancer.
  • Registered Nurses: Nurses with oncology background and special training in radiation therapy.
  • Medical Assistants: Team members who help with in clinic patient assessments and coordination.

Other members of the team that assist patients in various aspects of their cancer journey include:

  • Oncology social workers
  • Registered dietitians
  • Speech therapists
  • Dentistry
  • Psychologists
  • Physician therapists
  • Integrative health specialists
  • Clinical trial nurses and research assistants
Dr. Lyons with patient for radiation oncology

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Clinical Trials

UH Seidman Cancer Center is at the forefront of research, and offers more than 400 clinical trials that can give patients access to innovative cancer treatments. Clinical trials allow patients to receive new therapies that hold great promise but are not yet widely available.

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