Cancer Services

Radiation Oncology

Advanced Technologies to Treat Cancer Safely and Effectively from the No. 1 Ranked Hospital in New York by U.S. News & World Report

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Cutting-edge care that is individualized, comprehensive, and compassionate from world-renowned NewYork-Presbyterian doctors

NewYork-Presbyterian is the home of two of the nation's leading cancer centers: the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (one of only four National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in New York State) and the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian.

The radiation oncology teams at these two top tier cancer centers have formed a dynamic partnership to bring the highest quality, most compassionate care to patients across the age span. At the forefront of radiation oncology care, these exceptional physician-scientists are advancing the field with groundbreaking research that is unravelling the mysteries and benefits of radiation treatment for cancer at a remarkable rate, with approaches that regard the unique genetics of a patient’s tumor and spare as much nearby tissue as possible. Working with your multidisciplinary care team, we create a comprehensive plan of care that is tailored to your unique disease and genetic profile with consideration of you as a whole person – mind and body – not just your cancer.

From the very first screening through personalized treatment, clinical trials and recovery, our goal is to provide you with the safest and most effective therapy, delivered as quickly and over as few sessions as possible, to cure your cancer and maximize your quality of life.

Best Hospital US News Cancer 2020-2021

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is a top-ranked hospital in the country for cancer treatment, according to U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospital rankings.

Why Choose Us

Unparalleled Resources for Superior Patient Care

As one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare delivery systems, NewYork-Presbyterian offers a unique combination of resources for the highest level of care. Our radiation oncologists closely collaborate in multidisciplinary teams with other cancer experts and the accomplished researchers at our two Ivy-League medical schools -- Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine – 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.

Cutting-Edge Technologies to Treat Your Cancer

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For breast cancer, hypofractionated radiation therapy delivers faster, shorter courses of therapy; and prone radiation therapy reduces exposure to nearby heart and lungs.
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is used to treat a wide variety of cancers including breast and gastrointestinal cancers.
  • A full range of brachytherapy and targeted radiotherapy services are available for nearly every disease site in the body, including brain, spine, pancreas, liver, skin and eyes (for ocular melanoma).
  • MRI-guided external bean and brachytherapy is used to treat gynecologic and other types of cancers.

Expertise In A Full Range of Childhood and Adult Cancers

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

All of our radiation oncologists specialize in a particular disease site, such as brain, breast, colorectal, genitourinary, gynecological, head and neck, lung, prostate, and skin

Revolutionizing Cancer Care with Translational Research: From Bench to Clinic

The world-renowned doctors and scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center - home of the prestigious Center for Radiological Research (CRR), our nation's largest and most experienced university-based research center for radiation biology - are propelling the radiation oncology field through focused research into the uses and biological effects of ionizing radiation. Our latest investigations include:

  • FLASH radiotherapy, the fast delivery of ultra-high dose radiation a thousand times quicker than conventional radiotherapy. Columbia is one of the few centers with a machine that conducts FLASH radiotherapy.
  • Radiation Therapy and Immunotherapy, an ambitious new approach to cancer treatment in which localized radiation is used to alter the targeted tumor so that it effectively vaccinates the patient, stimulating an immune attack against the treated tumor as well as any metastases. [Placeholder for Dr. Formenti’s fellowship program in radiation therapy/immunotherapy research]
  • Stereotactic MR-guided online adaptive radiation therapy (SMART), to treat oligometastatic disease (disease that has spread to 1-5 sites) or unresectable primary malignancies

Access to Clinical Trials

Our radiation oncologists are among the world’s most sought after clinician-educators who conduct clinical trials to further our understanding of rapidly developing radiation technologies and treatment approaches for cancers in children and adults. Many of our  physicians developed the standard of care for innovative clinical trials that explore radiation treatment in various disease sites.  Learn More

Personalized and Compassionate Care

One of our greatest assets is the compassionate care delivered every day by our dedicated physicians and staff. We view each patient as a whole person, with emotional, ethical and spiritual concerns as well as physical needs. Through every step of the cancer journey, from diagnosis through survivorship, we strive to make each patient's unique experience positive and supportive.

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 closer to home.  Other locations

SERVICES & SPECIALTIES

External Beam Radiation Therapy

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we offer an extensive collection of innovative technologies:

  • 3D conformal radiation
  • 4D CT treatment planning and delivery
  • MRI-guided radiation therapy with the MRI LINAC
  • Hypofractionated radiation therapy, prone radiation therapy and deep breath hold  to minimize breast radiation exposure to the heart and lungs
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), including volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) - RapidArc
  • 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)
  • Multiple radiation immunotherapy trials
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
designated comprehensive cancer center

In 2019, NewYork-Presbyterian’s Departments of Radiation Oncology were the #1 NCI funded program in the nation.

Our Team

World-Renowned Leaders in Radiation Oncology

Our experienced and highly trained team is comprised of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and staff provide expert and compassionate care to our patients.

Our Approach to Care

Multidisciplinary Care

doctor speaking to patient

Cancer care can be complex, and patients often have other medical issues that need to be addressed. 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. 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.

Whole Person Care

Our goal is to create a plan care that is specific to your unique disease and genetic profile, with consideration of the whole person – your mind and body – not just your cancer.   In addition to radiation oncologists and multidisciplinary care and tumor boards, our compassionate nurses, patient navigators, and staff are here to support you during your treatment.

We understand that radiation therapy can sometimes last for weeks. Your team gets to know you and your needs to make this experience as seamless and comfortable as possible. If necessary, we connect you with our experts in other fields of medicine to help you receive the best care. Registered dietitians, physical therapists, and speech pathologists are available as needed to help manage potential side effects of radiation therapy. For children, Child Life specialists are also available.

Comprehensive Patient Support Services

NewYork-Presbyterian offers comprehensive patient support services that address the emotional, social and physical needs of cancer patients, including medical advice on lifestyle, exercise, diet and nutrition; psychological counseling and support groups; consultation on pain management; and patient web portals offering easy access to test results, appointments, and follow-up care.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Recognized for the Highest Standards of Care and Pioneering Research

  • The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center has been competitively renewed as a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center by the federal government’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest funder of cancer research in the world.
  • Dr. Silvia Formenti, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Sandra and Edward Meyer Professor of Cancer Research at Weill Cornell Medicine and radiation oncologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, received the 2019 ASTRO Gold Medal by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the world’s largest professional association for radiation oncologists. ASTRO awards its Gold Medal annually to individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of radiation. The organization’s Gold Medal is the highest U.S. honor in this clinical specialty.
  • Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $11.3 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute to improve the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer.
  • The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center  and Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian are both recognized with accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which provides a third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care.