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About us

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 in downtown Chicago.

In partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is proud to be ranked as one of the top 12 cancer programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Northwestern Memorial is ranked 1st in both the Chicago Metro Area and in Illinois for the seventh consecutive year, with 11 of its clinical specialties nationally ranked and three in the top 10.

In addition the Lurie Cancer Center is:

  • One of only 47 National Cancer Institutes (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. NCI is one of the anchors in the nation’s cancer research efforts to fight cancer.
  • A founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.

Our program

Our team delivers more than 26,000 treatments annually. In the Prentice Women’s Hospital, most of the patients with breast and gynecologic tumors are treated, and the Galter Pavilion is home for patients with all other tumors, including our pediatric patient population.

Our department has invested heavily in the latest state-of-the art technology, which helps 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.

In addition to 5 Linear Accelerators, we also have the only Gamma Knife® Perfexion, along side our Brachytherapy Program, Radiosurgery Program, Hyperthermia Program and the Intraoperative Radiotherapy Program.

I list these technologies, so you can feel comfortable in our tools and the precision that they offer us, but it is the quality of care, safety and the patient experience that sets us apart from anyone else in the Chicagoland area and the Midwest region.

Our staff is engaged, dedicated and committed to treat you as a person and provide you with all of the support you and your family may need.

Cancer treatments

There are more than 200 different types of cancer. Cancer can develop in any body organ. There are over 60 different organs in the body where a cancer can develop.

Each organ is made up of several different types of cells. For example, there is usually a surface covering of skin (epithelial tissue). Underneath that there will be some connective tissue, often containing gland cells. Underneath that there is often a layer of muscle tissue and so on. Each type of tissue is made up of specific types of cells.

Cancer can develop from almost any type of cell in the body. So there is usually more than one type of cancer that can develop in any one part of the body. Often though, one type of cancer will be much more common in a particular organ.

For example, there are cells called transitional cells, squamous cells and adenomatous cells in the bladder. Cancer can develop in any of these cells, but it is much more common in the transitional cells. So transitional cell bladder cancer is much more common than squamous cell cancer or adenocarcinoma, accounting for over 9 out of 10 cases of bladder cancer.

As one of the only 41 NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, you can be assured that our specialists will be able to provide you with a consultation that will lay out all the options for you and allow you to participate in the decision making process of what the best way of attacking this disease may be.



Northwestern Memorial Hospital U.S. News & World Report Best National Hospital, Cancer 2018-2019 graphic.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nationally recognized in Cancer (12th)