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Radiation Oncology

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
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  • Education:
    • 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 UMass Chan Medical School
  •  Research:
    • 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 Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology.