The mission of the Therapeutic Radiology Department/Radiation Oncology at the Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale-New Haven Medical Center is to:
- provide consultative, treatment and medical care services on a routine and emergency basis.
- deliver high quality health care in an efficient, effective and courteous manner.
- assist patients and families in coping with the patient's disease.
- refer or direct patients, families, or other customers to appropriate resources within or outside Yale-New Haven Hospital.
- provide access to departmental records and reports to practitioners involved in the care of referred patients.
- be responsive to the needs of those who come to us for help.
Radiation oncology clinical service is located within the medical center complex at 35 Park Street, and occupies approximately 31,000 square feet. An additional 19,000 square feet are dedicated to basic research in the Hunter building. The clinical area occupies the lower level of the Smilow Cancer Hospital. There are three megavoltage treatment machines (Varian linear accelerators) and 4D CT simulation equipment. The department utilizes superficial and orthovoltage radiation as well as a state of the art high dose rate remote afterloading system (Gamma Med). The department has implemented an active and successful program for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for a variety of tumor sites, and the Gamma Knife Perfexion unit is now located in the department within the Smilow Cancer Hospital. All forms of external beam and intracavitary or interstitial therapy are available and are provided by an experienced staff of radiation oncology specialists, resident physicians, nurses, technologists and dosimetrists.