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We are the first Department of Radiation Oncology in St. Louis and the Midwest, to utilize ultrasound-guided permanent seed prostate implants, high dose rate brachytherapy for a variety of anatomical sites, stereotactic radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), three dimensional treatment planning, and clinical trials with radioimmunotherapy.

Chairman's Message

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. The department is one of the largest in the United States and a national leader in developing the most recent radiationtreatments for cancer patients. These ongoing developments provide an exciting and rich training environment for radiation oncology health care providers. The department is a component of Siteman Cancer Center which provides a rich endowment and remarkable environment for research and technology development. The department consists of 3 divisions that include biology, physics and clinical divisions. Major new equipment projects have seen the introduction of image-guided therapy as part of routine practice and the establishment of a proton treatment facility. These new initiatives provide patients with the latest cutting-edge technology to treat cancer.

Washington University School of Medicine is ranked among the nation's top five medical schools. The school is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which is listed among the nation's top 10 hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute supported comprehensive cancer center, an honor given to select institutions that offer world-class comprehensive care, perform extensive cancer research, and provide active community education programs. Through affiliation with the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine is committed to its patients in all aspects of cancer care. Faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology provide leadership in Siteman Cancer Center and contribute significantly to developmental therapeutic and clinical trials research.

Your Health Care Team

Your physician in radiation therapy is called a radiation oncologist. He or she is a specialist in treating cancer with radiation and is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. The radiation oncologist is responsible for planning your care, prescribing and supervising your treatment. You will see your radiation oncologist on your first visit to the Radiation Oncology Department and during the planning stages of your treatment. Once your daily treatments begin, you will be scheduled to see your radiation oncologist at least once a week to monitor your progress, including (if possible) response to the tumor and treatment side effects.

Working along with the radiation oncologist is a resident physician. He or she has completed four years of medical school, one year of internship and is specializing in the field of radiation oncology. You will meet your resident physician on your first visit as well as see him or her during weekly visits. The residents rotate among the radiation oncologists - approximately every three months - as part of their training.