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Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology offers a wide range of radiation therapy services including many that combine radiation therapy with chemotherapy and/or surgery. Three dimensional (3D) conformal radiation, IMRT (Intensity- Modulated Radiation Therapy), IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy), and SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) are among the available therapies.

Our mission is to serve our patients to the best of our ability by providing them with the best radiation oncology care available. Our treatment team prides itself on its strong affiliation with Penn Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology.  This relationship affords access to outstanding research and is reflected through excellence of clinical services. We are equally committed to the training of resident and fellow physicians, radiation therapy students, as well as medical physics master students.  Our radiation therapy team practices state of the art treatment delivery, and strives to ensure that our patients’ daily treatment visits are always friendly and filled with compassion.

We recently installed a new Varian Trilogy linear accelerator with the latest image-guidance capabilities using cone beam CT methods and Rapid Arc treatment delivery in addition to the Varian Clinac iX with the same capabilities.  The incorporation of newer functional imaging methods (MRI-Magnetic Resonance Imaging and PET-Positron Emission Tomography) into treatment planning and treatment delivery provides more precise tumor localization. CT simulations are performed on a GE Lightspeed scanner.

In Radiation Oncology, a variety of health care professionals work together as a comprehensive treatment team.

  • Radiation Oncologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of cancer and certain benign diseases using ionizing radiation therapy. They will determine the best treatment plan for you.
  • Nurses provide important information on symptom management, nutrition, personal care, and medications.  They also serve as a liaison to available social work resources and clinical care coordinators.
  • Radiation Therapists are technical personnel who will deliver your treatment as directed and supervised by your radiation oncologist.
  • Dosimetrists work with your physician to design a treatment plan by means of computer that will deliver the prescribed radiation dose.
  • Medical Physicists maintain the equipment that delivers your treatment as well as assures the accuracy of your treatment calculations.

Contact Info

Location

  • Philadelphia VA Medical Center
    Subbasement, Room B3A123

Contact Number(s)

  • 215-823-5855

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.