Radiation Oncology

Experience matters. At Virginia Mason Radiation Oncology, that experience is measured by more than simply time and numbers, it includes a continuous dedication to creating the perfect patient experience.

Our specially trained and experienced radiation oncologists are part of a multidisciplinary team that uses cutting-edge technology for the most accurate diagnoses, followed by state-of-the-art treatments to 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 American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation 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, such as fatigue and skin irritation, by using the lowest dose possible and targeting only the cancerous tissue.

Today, we can also tailor everything to each individual patient's needs. Not only are we able to pinpoint the radiation in a precise way that has the least impact on healthy tissue, but we can also arrange treatment schedules so that patients have the least disruption to their daily lives.

Virginia Mason has long been a pioneer in short-course treatment. Many patients can now have treatment schedules that are much shorter than the five to six weeks of a standard schedule. This includes hypofractionated regimens that allow us to shave two weeks off standard treatment schedules while maintaining the same effectiveness and outcomes.

A History of Success

Radiation Oncology Accredited Facility

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.

Multidisciplinary Approach

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.

Clinical Trials

Virginia Mason is relentlessly devoted to providing excellent health care. This commitment includes conducting clinical research studies that may improve the way we diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), oversees all clinical research at Virginia Mason, uniquely combining the expertise of a world-renowned medical research institute with the remarkable care of a health care quality leader.

For more than 20 years, the goal of our clinical research program has been to provide each of our patients with a research option at every step of their disease, from initial diagnosis to long-term follow-up. Our trials include the use of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies, as well quality of life/symptom management trials. Learn more about our current radiation oncology clinical trials.

To learn more about Radiation Oncology at Virginia Mason, please call (206) 223-6801.