Memorial Healthwatch Winter 2008/2009
Top Radiation Oncologists
Highly Experienced Doctors Provide Extraordinary Care with Leading-Edge Technology
From the time they arrive at Memorial Cancer Institute, patients undergoing radiation therapy are treated like family. During every visit, patients are seen by their radiation oncologists, who discuss the disease and treatment in detail, patiently answer questions and take an interest in nutrition, stress relief, psychological support and other aspects of cancer that can influence outcome.
"We form a bond with our patients. Most come here daily for eight weeks, so we learn what they like and do everything we can to comfort and reassure them," says Srinath Sundararaman, MD, MS, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology.
Because many cancers require more than one type of treatment, medical and surgical oncologists work together on a plan for each patient. The Institute's radiation oncologists have impressive credentials, experience and training.
Memorial Cancer Institute has advanced, updated radiation technology, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), a technology that delivers radiation from 360 degrees around the tumor; image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), a method that recalculates the exact location of the tumor before each treatment; and brachytherapy, which uses radiation to treat tumors from the inside.
Well prepared for complicated cases, Memorial Cancer Institute is one of few centers offering brachytherapy for recurrent head and neck tumors in patients who have received maximum doses of external radiation, and injections of liquid radiation for metastatic liver cancer. Many research protocols are available to patients with other difficult recurrent cancers.
Meticulous attention to detail is critical. To increase cure and decrease toxicity, the radiation oncologists are careful to protect healthy organs from radiation damage, and they also offer injections that block the side effects of radiation on normal tissue.
"When you have well-trained doctors who communicate, a multidisciplinary team, superb facilities and research protocols, you can offer the best treatment possible," says Ana Botero, MD, Radiation Oncologist.
To find a Memorial physician who is committed to patient- and family-centered care, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.