The Department of Radiation Oncology plays a vital role in Stony Brook Medicine’s commitment to provide the highest quality cancer care to residents of Suffolk County and beyond. Our Radiation Oncology team uses the most advanced technology and innovative therapies to effectively evaluate and treat patients. We are committed to advancing the science and practice of radiation oncology and developing novel treatment approaches so that patients have the best opportunity for positive outcomes with the fewest side effects. Stony Brook’s focus on patient and family centered care means that both patient and their families play a key role in our collaborative approach to assessing needs and developing treatment plans.
Our primary goal is to deliver treatment safely, effectively, and in ways that enhance and benefit the overall experience for our patients. Stony Brook has invested in the latest of technology, equipment and systems. We use the most advanced treatment planning and information management software, in addition to leading-edge technologies to provide an integrated network for fast, efficient treatment that minimizes time patients spend waiting.
Experienced radiation oncologists at Stony Brook University Cancer Center provide a wide range of radiation therapies to treat patients with cancer. The intent of radiation therapy is to deliver a high dose of radiation into the patient’s body to sterilize cancer cells while at the same time sparing healthy tissue from damage.
Many different techniques have been developed and refined over the years in accomplishing this task. Depending on the types of cancer being treated, the Department of Radiation Oncology has the capability of using linear accelerators for external treatment (the energy is on the outside of the body) or brachytherapy implantations for an internal, more localized contact with the tumors being treated. We maintain sophisticated new technology, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) programs. We also offer image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to our patients.
Stony Brook’s Radiation Oncology team provides expert, comprehensive and compassionate care to all of our patients. As a multidisciplinary team, oncology specialists work with one another to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient. We ensure that referring physicians and other oncologists involved in the patient’s care are kept fully apprised of those plans and the patient’s progress from your consultation appointment to your last follow-up appointment after treatment.