What Is Radiation Oncology?
Our radiation oncology team uses state-of-the-art technology to accurately target tumors, plan the optimal radiation dose and deliver the most precise, pinpoint radiation to tumors while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy makes use of carefully regulated doses of radiation to target cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Radiation therapy may be used in combination with other cancer treatments depending on the severity of the condition.
Why choose us?
The Northwestern Medicine radiation oncology team offers compassionate care using leading-edge equipment in a soothing and modern environment that’s close to home. In many cases, you can receive chemotherapy and radiation in the same building, reducing your time traveling or away from home. Our radiation oncologists work collaboratively with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and other specialists to determine the best course of treatment for your unique needs.
The Northwestern Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology is recognized as one of the leading programs in the country, offering innovative, state-of-the-art radiation therapy services in a setting of multidisciplinary cancer care.
The mission of the Northwestern Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology is to invest heavily in the latest state-of-the-art radiation technology. Cutting edge techniques help our clinicians target your tumor more accurately, plan the optimal radiation dosage, and deliver the most precise pinpoint radiation to your tumor while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
Northwestern Medicine Cancer Centers located in Chicago and the Northern and Western Suburbs offer a variety of radiation treatment types for a wide range of cancers.
Radiation therapy may be used for treatment of:
Northwestern Medicine Cancer Centers offer a variety of radiation treatment types, including:
- 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy
- Deep Inspiratory Breath-Hold
- Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery
- High-dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
- Image-Guided Radiotherapy
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
- Low-Dose Brachytherapy
- Prostate Seed Implantation
- Proton Therapy
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery
- Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SBRT)
- Total Body Irradiation (TBI)
- Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
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