Radiation is one of three primary methods, along with surgery and chemotherapy, that is used to treat cancer. At Virginia Mason, specially trained and experienced radiation oncologists are part of a multidisciplinary approach that uses cutting-edge technology for the most accurate diagnoses, followed by state-of-the-art treatments that give cancer patients the best chance for recovery. Radiation may be used before, during, or after surgery and chemotherapy as part of a targeted approach to shrinking or eradicating tumors. The radiation oncology team at Virginia Mason meets and exceeds the highest national standards for the delivery of radiation therapy.
Patient-Centered Radiation Oncology Care
Radiation therapy is in itself painless. Side effects are usually limited to the area of the body that is being treated. Modern radiation therapy aims to reduce side effects that are unavoidable, such as fatigue and skin irritation, by using the lowest dose possible and targeting only the cancerous tissue. Throughout the course of treatment, a patient's comfort and well-being are a priority. Virginia Mason has long been a pioneer in short-course treatment, also known as hypofractionation.
A History of Success
Virginia Mason was the first institution in Seattle to receive accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This rigorous accreditation includes a third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care. Team members, equipment, treatment planning and records, patient safety and quality control activities are assessed.
State-of-the Art Treatment
Virginia Mason is a pioneer in the use of targeted radiation therapy that results in superior outcomes, a shorter course of treatment and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
- Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
- Electronic Brachytherapy
- High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
- Real-Time Dosimetry
- Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
- Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Intracranial Disorders
Radiation oncologists at Virginia Mason work closely with doctors from all other disciplines to ensure patients are receiving the highest level of care for their cancer. We closely monitor patients' response to their treatments and make recommendations to ensure their continued health and well-being while aggressively targeting their cancer. The result is better care and superior outcomes.
Patients at Virginia Mason Radiation Oncology have access to a wide range of clinical trials. Clinical Trials
To learn more about Radiation Oncology at Virginia Mason, please call (206) 223-6801.