The Department of Radiation Oncology is one of the largest in New England, providing state-of the-art
clinical treatment to cancer patients in Worcester County.
- Clinical care:
- Delivers more than 34,000 external teletherapy treatments to patients each year at 8 clinical facilities
- Using image guided platforms with three-dimensional treatment simulators for treatment planning and
execution, the department provides extensive brachytherapy services including genitourinary and
gynecological applications to patients
- Visit UMass Memorial Medical Center
- Houses an internal school for radiation therapy technology that has graduated 15 classes of highly
specialized and actively recruited students since its inception
- Serves as the academic infrastructure for radiation science at the UMMS
- IROC Rhode Island (QARC) is a research program within the Department of Radiation Oncology that provides quality assurance and data management services for diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy
in the NCI's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).
- The department has several research interests, with particular emphasis on signaling pathways and cellular adhesion molecules. Most of the targeted oncology therapies developed in the past five years
include tyrosine kinase-based therapies that sensitize cancer cells to radiation therapy. Identifying the interactions between these therapies and radiation therapy is the focus of the translational research
effort, with collaborations promoted through the departments of Cancer Biology and Cell Biology.