Our radiation oncology team has extensive and unique expertise in several specialty care areas, including:
Palliative Radiation Therapy
Palliative radiation therapy relieves symptoms and reduces suffering for certain patients. This treatment can also be used to control the symptoms associated with tumors that cannot be treated by surgical removal or other methods.
Our radiation oncologists have specialized training in pediatric cancer care and radiation therapy for children and young adults. Our pediatric radiation oncologists minimize damage to healthy tissue by using computerized tomography (CT) to identify critical structures before treatment, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and proton therapy to deliver highly localized radiation to treat the cancer.
Merkel Cell Carcinoma
This very rare form of skin cancer affects the Merkel cells, which are found in the top layer of the skin. These cells are very close to the nerve endings that receive the sensation of touch.
Certain tumors that are resistant to standard radiation respond better to neutron radiotherapy. Patients with salivary gland tumors, renal cell carcinomas, malignant melanomas, some types of thyroid cancers, and adenoid cystic carcinomas may benefit from neutron radiotherapy. The UW Medicine's clinical neutron radiotherapy facility is the only neutron radiotherapy facility in the United States.
These non-cancerous growths in the body can be effectively treated with radiation therapy. If a benign tumor cannot be safely accessed for surgery, radiation therapy may be used to help reduce its size or prevent it from growing larger.