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Department of Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy is a critical tool in treating cancer and is also used for palliative care, to reduce pain and improve quality of life.

The techniques available at Rush adjust radiation beams to each patient’s tumor and body — more accurately directing treatment and sparing healthy tissue.

Radiation treatments include the following:

  • Brachytherapy
  • External beam radiation therapy
  • Specialized radiation treatments
  • Radiosurgery

Each radiation oncologist at Rush focuses on treating a specific set of cancers. This gives specialists a better understanding of treatment nuances for these types of cancer. They are joined by other department members:

  • Radiation therapy technologists
  • Dosimetrists
  • Physicists
  • Nurses
  • Support staff