Radiation Oncology

radiation therapy

The University of Chicago Medicine is home to one of the most experienced and well respected radiation therapy teams in the country. Working together, our doctors and physicists design and deliver the most effective treatments available anywhere. In fact, our patient outcomes are equal to the most well known cancer centers in the country.

At the University of Chicago medical center, radiation therapy patients benefit from:

  • Leading-edge technology
  • Outstanding radiation oncologists and physicists. Our team is able to use the latest technology most effectively, because they help to develop it and teach others how to use it.
  • One of the best integrated cancer teams in the country. Our radiation oncologists have the greatest opportunity for success because they can base treatment on the most accurate diagnosis and coordinate radiation therapy with surgery, chemotherapy, and other treatments in innovative ways.
Philip Connell viewing monitors

Leading-Edge Technology

Leading manufacturers of radiation therapy equipment collaborate with our radiation therapy team on research and development. As a result, we have early access to advanced radiation technology. More than a decade ago, our doctors pioneered the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for complex gynecological and head and neck treatments. Now, we are among the first hospitals in the country to offer image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) using the Trilogy TM system to patients.

Using this advanced technology enables a range of radiation therapy treatments for cancer, so our expert doctors can choose the best treatment for each patient. With highly precise image-guided treatment delivery, we can target the radiation on the tumor and avoid healthy tissue more successfully than ever before. This leads to better outcomes and substantially fewer side effects. In addition, compared to some alternative technologies, most treatments can be delivered in short daily doses of a few minutes over a period of weeks, rather than sessions of an hour or more. This is an added benefit for patients who may be anxious about lying still for long periods of time.

We offer the full range of conventional as well as sophisticated radiation techniques, including:

  • Interstitial brachytherapy
  • High-doserate brachytherapy
  • Isotope therapy using Strontium 89
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Body radiosurgery for metastasis treatment
  • Total body irradiation
  • Total skin electron therapy
  • Radioisotope source implants
  • Prostate seed implants
  • Superficial X-ray therapy

Outstanding Radiation Oncologists and Physicists

Our radiation oncologists are recognized as leaders in the field and work together with a team of medical physicists to develop and perfect new approaches for cancer targeting and treatment delivery. This integrated team also collaborates to design individualized treatments for each patient, optimizing the patient outcome by maximizing tumor control while minimizing effects on non-tumor tissues.

The Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology is one of the largest multi-site radiation oncology medical practices in the country, treating approximately 2,000 patients per year. In addition to offering services at the medical center campus, our radiation oncologists care for patients at the University of Illinois Hospital and LaGrange Memorial Hospital. Through the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, members of our team also provide special expertise in radiation therapy for childhood cancers.

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Combination Treatments from the Best of the Best

As members of one of the best cancer teams in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, our radiation oncologists work alongside outstanding medical oncologists, surgeons and other clinicians to offer the most targeted and customized therapy possible. Today, some of the best treatment options are combination treatments, in which radiation therapy is artfully combined with other treatment approaches.

Our radiation oncologists are members of an integrated team of nationally recognized medical and surgical oncologists. Each patient’s team of physicians works together seamlessly to provide scientifically advanced, personalized and compassionate care. In addition, our radiation oncologists and medical physicians conduct numerous clinical trials with medical and surgical oncology specialists to measure treatment outcomes.



Treatments

  • Interstitial Brachytherapy
  • High-Doserate Brachytherapy
  • Isotope Therapy Using Strontium 89
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Body Radiosurgery for Metastasis Treatment
  • Total Body Irradiation
  • Total Skin Electron Therapy
  • Radioisotope Source Implants
  • Prostate Seed Implants
  • Superficial X-Ray Therapy