Radiation oncology is often a key component in the fight against cancer. Radiation therapy targets malignant cells with controlled doses of high-energy radiation, destroying cancer or slowing its growth without harming healthy nearby cells.

Radiation therapy may be administered from an external machine or by placing radioactive material inside the body near the cancer cells.

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

The radiation oncology teams at our two top-tier cancer centers, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center, have formed a dynamic partnership to bring patients the highest quality, most compassionate care. These exceptional physician-scientists are advancing the field with groundbreaking research on the benefits of radiation treatment for cancer with approaches that regard the unique genetics of a patient's tumor and spare as much nearby tissue as possible.

Your multidisciplinary care team creates a comprehensive care plan tailored to your unique disease and genetic profile. From the very first screening through recovery, our goal is to provide you with the safest and most effective therapy, delivered quickly to cure your cancer and maximize your quality of life.

Our Cutting-Edge Radiation Oncology Technology

Our Technology

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we are continually committed to incorporating the latest evidence-based radiation treatment technologies into your care. We offer:

 

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we are continually committed to incorporating the latest evidence-based radiation treatment technologies into your care. We offer:

MRI-LINAC machine

MRI-LINAC machine

  • MRI-guided radiation therapy with the MRI LINAC - Weill Cornell Medicine is the first center in the tri-state region to offer the MRI-LINAC (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guided Linear Accelerator) which uses MRI and radiotherapy to provide more targeted radiation treatment for a variety of cancers.
  • Gamma Knife ICON – Columbia University Irving Medical Center is one of the few centers in the region to offer the Gamma Knife ICON, the most advanced generation of Gamma Knife radiosurgery that allows for the more precise and accurate treatment of brain tumors and other neurological conditions
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Gamma Knife
  • Hypofractionated radiation therapy delivers faster, shorter courses of therapy;
  • Prone radiation therapy reduces exposure to nearby heart and lungs.
  • Partial Breast Irradiation
  • Hypofractionated radiation therapy, prone radiation therapy and deep breath hold to minimize breast radiation exposure to the heart and lungs
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is used to treat a wide variety of cancers including breast and gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Brachytherapy – A full range of brachytherapy and targeted radiotherapy services are available for nearly every disease site in the body, including brain, spine, pancreas, prostate, liver, skin and eyes (for ocular melanoma).
  • MRI-guided external bean and brachytherapy is used to treat gynecologic and other types of cancers.
  • CT Simulation and Treatment Planning 
  • Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) , including volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) - RapidArc
  • Prostate Seed Implants
  • 3D conformal radiation
  • 4D CT treatment planning and delivery
  • MRI guided brachytherapy
  • ETHOSTM adaptive radiation therapy leverages artificial intelligence and advanced imaging where changes can be made to your personalized radiation treatment daily 'adapting' to your tumor size and normal surrounding organ movement.
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Total body irradiation (TBI) before bone marrow transplant
  • Total lymphoid (nodal) irradiation (TLI) for transplant rejection
  • Total body electrons (TBE) for mycosis fungoides (a type of skin lymphoma)
  • Radioactive eye plaques for melanoma
  • Multiple radiation immunotherapy trials

Cancers we Treat

Cancers we Treat

Our Approach to Care

Our Approach to Care

At NewYork-Presbyterian, our radiation oncology centers are experienced in providing radiation therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

Multidisciplinary care

At NewYork-Presbyterian, our radiation oncologists work closely with internationally recognized researchers and clinicians to bring together the best approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many types of cancer, all in one hospital.

NewYork-Presbyterian multidisciplinary cancer team discussing a treatment plan

Experts in surgery, hematology, medical oncology, neuro-oncology, urological oncology, radiation therapy, pathology, nursing, social work and psychology strive to meet the needs of each patient to create a personalized treatment plan. We collaborate on multidisciplinary tumor boards for every disease site, enabling us to pool our expertise and customize your care to your personal needs.

Radiotherapy is often combined with other cancer treatments. We offer a full range of treatment options for various forms of cancer, including:

  • Radiation therapy - Our radiation oncologists have advanced training in adult and pediatric cancer care
  • Chemotherapy -Often combined with radiation therapy, chemotherapy uses powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells. It can be administered by an IV drip or in pill form.
  • Surgery - Our goal is to use minimally invasive surgery for faster recovery times and to preserve your quality of life
  • Stem cell and bone marrow transplantation - For adults, teens, and children with cancerous blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, sick cell anemia, and more
  • Targeted medical therapy - Aims directly at cancer cell proteins, interfering with their ability to grow, divide, and spread
  • Immunotherapy - Utilizing specialized medicines, immunotherapy can empower your own immune system to fight and destroy cancer cells

Whole person care during radiation therapy treatment

The goal at NewYork-Presbyterian is to treat the whole individual, not just the cancer. We'll create a treatment plan specific to your unique disease and genetic profile. In addition to our radiation oncologists, multidisciplinary care, and tumor boards, our compassionate nurses, patient navigators, and staff are here to support your mind, body, and spirit.

Radiation therapy can last for weeks. Your cancer care team will work to make the experience as comfortable as possible. If necessary, we can connect you with other experts—dietitians, physical therapists, and speech pathologists to help manage radiation oncology side effects. For children, Child Life specialists are also available.

Comprehensive patient support services

Our patient support services go beyond radiation treatments. During your recovery and remission, we offer psychological counseling, support groups, pain management tips, and medical advice on healthy habits, exercise, and nutrition.

We offer patient web portals offering easy access to test results, appointments, and follow-up care.

Convenient radiation treatment closer to home

In addition to NewYork-Presbyterian locations in Manhattan, our doctors also treat patients at NewYork-Presbyterian locations in Queens, Brooklyn, and Westchester. We have an integrated system for reviewing each case as one team to offer world-class radiation care locations closer to home.

Latest Research

Latest Research

NewYork-Presbyterian is propelling the radiation oncology field forward by researching the latest treatments. Our latest investigations include:

  • FLASH radiotherapy - An ultra-high dose of radiation is delivered a thousand times quicker than conventional radiotherapy. Columbia is one of the few centers with a FLASH radiotherapy machine.
  • Radiation therapy and immunotherapy - A promising combination of treatment in which localized radiation is used on a tumor to stimulate an immune attack against itself and other metastases
  • Stereotactic MR-guided online adaptive radiation therapy (SMART) - A new, non-invasive treatment for oligometastatic disease, a type of metastasis where cancer has spread to 1 to 5 additional sites throughout the body
  • Clinical trials - Our radiation oncologists conduct clinical trials to further our understanding of rapidly developing radiation technologies and treatment approaches for cancers in children and adults. Your cancer team will assess if you qualify for innovative cancer treatment.
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Trust NewYork-Presbyterian for Radiation Oncology Care

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we offer unparalleled resources for superior cancer patient care. Our radiation oncologists closely collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to create the safest and most effective treatment plan for your cancer. Combined with NewYork-Presbyterian's comprehensive patient support services, you receive superior care that meets your individualized needs and your lifestyle. If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis, don't hesitate to reach out to us.