The Department of Radiation Medicine provides a wide range of radiation medicine services to adult and pediatric patients at five locations across Long Island, Queens and Manhattan. Our highly experienced radiation oncologists and treatment teams are committed to providing state-of-the-art therapy in a setting that is supportive and compassionate.
Treatment is provided in a caring and professional environment by staff that is dedicated to making your visit as informative and stress-free as possible. Our full-time physicians are active in research to advance the field of radiation medicine and in educating the next generation of radiation oncologists.
Personalized Radiation Medicine Care
You are incredibly unique. So is the care and treatment we provide to you. The types of treatment available include:
- 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) combines multiple radiation treatment fields to deliver precise doses of radiation.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is one of the recent advances in the delivery of radiation. IMRT differs from 3D-CRT by modifying the intensity of the radiation within each of the radiation beams and allows delivery of higher doses of radiation to tumors, especially those near vital areas, while lowering doses to nearby healthy tissue.
- Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) uses X-ray imaging during treatments to locate and focus radiation beams more precisely on tumors. IGRT enables doctors to make real-time adaptations to the treatment plan.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery / body radiation therapy (SRS/SBRT) is a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy that uses focused radiation beams targeting a well-defined tumor to deliver the highest possible radiation dose with pinpoint accuracy. The benefits of SRS/SBRT are fewer treatments, fewer side effects, and enhanced comfort.
- Brachytherapy involves radioactive material sealed in needles, seeds, wires or catheters or unsealed sources may be placed directly into or near a tumor. The department offers one of the most active and innovative brachytherapy programs in the area, including:
- High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy — Used for treating gynecologic, lung, rectal, skin cancers, and breast cancers and includes eAccelerated Partial Breast Radiation(Mammosite/Contura).
- Radioembolization — Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) to the liver.
- Coronary brachtherapy — Treatment for in-stent restenosis of the heart’s coronary arteries.
- Radium-223-(Xofigo)— We were one of the first health care providers in the New York metropolitan area to offer Radium-223, a treatment for men with metastatic prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.
Our Featured Radiation Medicine Technologies
Novalis is the precise technology that delivers stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. It shapes the radiation beam around the tumor or lesion, ensuring that the prescribed treatment dose is delivered to the entire tumor or lesion, protects surrounding healthy tissue and adapts treatment to breathing and other body movements so that radiation delivery is always safe, complete and accurate. Treatment is typically completed in one to five days.
TrueBeam is one of the latest advances in radiation technology and delivers treatment with pinpoint accuracy and enhanced speed, resulting in greater precision and patient comfort. LIJ Medical Center, a pioneer in this procedure, was one of the first facilities in the world to introduce the TrueBeam System for patient treatment.
The Calypso localization system, known as GPS for the Body®, is a cutting-edge technology that helps physicians continuously track movement of the prostate in real time and concentrate radiation to the tumor. This helps to maximize outcomes and minimize side-effects. LIJ Medical Center was the first hospital on Long Island to offer the Calypso system.
Quality and Safety
Providing safe, high-quality radiation therapy is our top priority. The Department of Radiation Medicine has one of the most forward-thinking and advanced quality and safety programs in the field and has received national acclaim for some of the innovative ideas and approaches that have been developed, including:
- No-Fly Policy: Our No-Fly Policy is similar to a pre-flight checklist in the airline industry. It is our assurance that we will not proceed with any aspect of your care unless every key step is completed and checked in advance in order to maximize safety. There is no other Radiation Medicine practice in the country that offers this added level of assurance.
- Daily multidisciplinary treatment plan and contouring rounds: Each morning a multidisciplinary team of physicians, physicists, nurses and therapists reviews each new patient’s treatment plan to ensure that there is agreement with the intended course of treatment.
We C.A.R.E. at the Department of Radiation Medicine
The Department of Radiation Medicine strives to provide outstanding and compassionate care and service. We believe this is key to the healing process.
Inspired by a therapist who is a cancer survivor, members of the department developed a patient satisfaction program called We C.A.R.E. that emphasizes the following values:
- Compassion: We strive to be always mindful of what our patients are experiencing.
- Accountability: It is our responsibility to provide patients with the best care possible.
- Respect: We will treat each patient with the courtesy and consideration they deserve.
- Education: We offer accurate and complete information to empower patients to make informed choices.
The We C.A.R.E. program is designed to improve your satisfaction and reduce any concerns you or your family may have during and after your radiation therapy.
Our physicians actively offer enrollment for many clinical trials including investigator-initiated and cooperative group studies. Ask your physician about available studies or visit our clinical trials page.