Radiation oncology is provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the lower level of the Cancer Center at 101 Columbian Street and at 51 Performance Drive. Radiation oncologists work in conjunction with physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists to develop the best treatment plan for each patient:
- Care is managed by radiation oncologists from the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, who also hold appointments at Dana-Farber, South Shore Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
- Through a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, patients receive targeted radiation to a particular part of the body, given by board-certified radiation therapists under the direction of a radiation oncologist.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or beams to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. Radiation treatments generally last only a few minutes and are given every day for several weeks.