Neuro Oncology Program
GW Neuro Oncology Program
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The Neuro-Oncology Program focuses on a comprehensive approach to the treatment of brain tumors. Specialists in neurosurgery, neurology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, nursing, speech and occupational and physical therapy work together to enhance patient care GW Radiation Oncology Center at every stage—from the initial evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, to post-treatment support groups and longitudinal follow-up.
Standard radiation therapy is often limited by normal shifts within the human anatomy. For example, tissues and organs can settle differently each time a patient climbs on a treatment table. Weight fluctuations and normal breathing can also change a tumor's locale. Radiation oncologists have traditionally compensated for tumor movement by enlarging treatment areas, exposing more healthy tissue to the cell-killing effects of radiation. Doses are typically lowered to avoid complications.
New techniques are are now available that allow radiation therapy specialist to locate and target tumors with unprecedented accuracy. This next generation treatment technology — called image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) — represents a major step in the fight against cancer. IGRT allows for the use of higher, more effective doses of radiation because there is less risk of damaging nearby healthy tissue.
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GWCC NEURO ONCOLOGY PROGRAM
Department of Neurosurgery
22nd & I Street, NW 7th Floor
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