Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to target cancer cells in a specific part of the body. Radiation therapy is a vital treatment for a wide range of cancers, from breast, lung and prostate cancers, to gastrointestinal and head and neck cancers.
World-Class Cancer Care
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital provides a breadth of expertise and state-of-the-art radiation therapy techniques not typically available in a community hospital setting. Our radiation oncologists have pioneered the use of many types of radiotherapy, and often are among the first to offer new treatment methods and technologies.
Accurate, Individualized Care
Our team designs and delivers radiation treatments optimized to each patient's specific tumor type, size, stage and location. We focus on providing treatments that effectively target tumors while minimizing radiation exposure to nearby healthy tissues.
Sophisticated Technology, Precise Treatment
At the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, we offer the latest technology, including Varian's TrueBeam™, a new generation linear accelerator that uses image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to provide the safest and most accurate results. IGRT integrates advanced imaging during treatment to help fine-tune the placement of radiation beams. The TrueBeam system rotates around the patient to precisely target the tumor from nearly any direction.
Benefits of this leading-edge technology include:
- High-precision treatment. TrueBeam is highly accurate, and can be used to treat both large and small tumors, as well as tumors in hard-to-reach areas.
- Faster treatment. TrueBeam's synchronized system allows for quick, high-dose treatments.
- Greater comfort through respiratory gating technology. Tumors may move or change shape as a patient breathes. A respiratory monitoring system controls beam delivery during respiration, so patients can breathe naturally and comfortably during treatment.
The Truebeam system often is used to deliver intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), an advanced type of radiation treatment that conforms to the shape of the tumor. With IMRT, the radiation beam is broken up into many smaller beams that can be individually adjusted to deliver varying levels of radiation intensity. University of Chicago radiation oncologists were the first in the Chicago area to offer IMRT. Combining this advanced technique with years of experience, our physicians can maintain excellent cancer control rates while limiting the long-term side effects of radiation on healthy organs.
A Team of Experts
Radiation therapy requires a team of experts, including radiation oncologists (physicians), medical physicists, radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists and nurses. Every member of our radiation therapy team has focused expertise and plays a specific role in providing individualized, effective care.
A key strength of our program is a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to care where radiation oncologists work closely with medical and surgical oncologists to ensure comprehensive care. Teamwork like this has led to the creation of innovative and highly effective combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment protocols.
As part of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, our team extends to include hundreds of the nation's finest cancer physicians and researchers at our main campus in Chicago.
Helping You Understand Your Treatment
We want you to be an informed patient or caregiver. Our team will explain treatment options and describe each step of the care plan. We're available to answer questions at any time.
Nationally Recognized Radiation Oncology Research
University of Chicago Medicine radiation oncologists and medical physicists are at the forefront of research into new and better ways to treat cancer. Working with colleagues at the University of Chicago, our experts created a new combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment regimen that helps some patients with advanced head and neck cancer avoid major surgery. Through the Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research, our team has developed methods to successfully eradicate cancers that have spread to a few distant sites. Patients at our Silver Cross location have access to participate in clinical trials of investigational treatments for a wide range of cancers.
Anne R. McCall, MD
Associate Professor, Radiation and Cellular Oncology
Medical Director for Radiation Oncology, Silver Cross Hospital