Leading the Way in Radiation Medicine and Therapy
The Department of Radiation Medicine part of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute provides a wide range of radiation medicine services to adult and pediatric patients in Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Our highly experienced radiation oncologist and treatment teams utilize state-of-the-art technology and ensure quality care through evidence based treatment and one of a kind patient safety programs.
Treatment is provided in caring and professional environment by staff that is dedicated to making your visit as informative and stress-free as possible. Our full time staff is active in research to advance the field of radiation medicine and in educating the next generation of radiation oncologist and medical physicists.
Personalized Radiation Medicine Care
You are incredibly unique; so is the care and treatment we provide to you. The types of treatment available include:
- 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 the treatments to locate and focus radiation beams more precisely on tumors. IGRT enables physicians to make real-time adaptation to the treatment plan.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery/body radiation therapy (SRS/SBRT) is a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy that uses focused beams targeting a well-defined tumor to deliver the highest possible dose with pinpoint accuracy. The benefits of SRS/SBRT are fewer treatments, fewer side effects, and enhanced comfort.
- Dimensional simulation is used for simulation of respiratory gating procedures which allows treatment with a high dose of radiation to cancerous tumors while sparing a larger volume of healthy tissue.
- Arc radiation therapy is a technique that delivers radiation by rotating the linac gantry (linac head) around the patient in an arc form. Arc therapy allows the radiation beams to be directed from all possible angles, focusing the dose on the tumor while sparing healthy tissue.
- 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) combines multiple treatment fields to deliver precise dose of radiation.
- Brachytherapy involves radioactive material sealed in needles, seeds, wires or catheters, or unsealed sources placed directly into or near a tumor. Our 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, breast cancers, and prostate cancer, and includes eAccelerated Partial Breast Radiation ( Mammosite/Contura)
- Radioembolization – Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) to the liver.
- Coronary brachytherapy- Treatment for in-stent restenosis of the heart’s coronary arteries.
- Radium-223 (Xofigo®) – We were one of the first health care institutions 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
- Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery
- Cyber Knife® Robotic Radiosurgery System
- TrueBeam™ System
- Calypso® System
- 4D Radiotherapy: Siemens SOMATRON, 20 Slice CT Simulation and Siemens ANZAI
- ARC Radiation Therapy
- MammoSite® Radiation Therapy System
- Contura® MLB Catheter
- Zeiss INTRABEAM® Brachytherapy System
Smarter Radiation Oncology®
Our physicians and staff are dedicated to delivering the highest level of quality care with compassion and respect, and committed to ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.
The three pillars of care that support the Department’s mission of Smarter Radiation Oncology include:
- Evidence-based Medicine – Our patients receive care supported by data; based on proven studies and methods that have been published in respected medical journals. Additionally, the techniques and approaches used at North Shore-LIJ conform to a standard that all our physicians agree upon. This assures that patient care is personalized based on the best evidence and that the treatment conforms to only the highest standards.
- Quality and Safety – No other Radiation medicine Department takes your safety more seriously than at North Shore-LIJ, where we have developed the concept of the ‘No Fly Program’. Now copied at centers all around the world, the No Fly Policy follows a process map and checklist, similar to a pre-flight checklist in the airline industry, that is completed before a patient’s treatment begins. A patient’s treatment will only begin when all the steps that need to be taken have been completed successfully. In terms of quality, the Department at North Shore-LIJ has instituted Smart Rounds where all our physicians and physicists meet daily and review every new patient’s treatment plan to make sure there is agreement with the intended course of therapy. This proactive peer review is another way of assuring patients a high level of quality.
- The Patient Experience – Our staff is committed to provide outstanding and compassionate care and services. We believe this is a key to the healing process. We really do care about your experience with us. To demonstrate our commitment to patient satisfaction, we developed the We C.A.R.E program. Inspired by a therapist who is also a cancer survivor, the program 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 help patient 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 trial pages.