Welcome to Radiation Oncology
The mission of this department is three-fold: to deliver world-class care on a daily basis to our patients using the most advanced technologies available; to conduct groundbreaking basic, translational and clinical research; and to provide quality education to the next generation of medical practitioners and scientists.
It’s true that kidney cancer doesn’t respond well to conventional, low-dose per treatment radiation therapies. But we’ve found that the disease is sensitive to a type of high-dose per treatment radiation therapy known as stereotactic radiotherapy.
New Study Shows Breast Cancer Death Rate Drops Nearly 40 Percent Over A 25-Year Period
Dr. Larry Kun is this year’s Memphis Business Journal Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement honoree for his 32 years of commitment and innovation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He joined St. Jude in 1984 to help establish a radiation therapy team that specialized in treating childhood cancer. Under his leadership, that program became one of the country’s most successful pediatric brain tumor programs. In 2013, he was appointed to Clinical Director and Executive Vice President. In 2016, Dr. Kun left St. Jude for Dallas to be closer to family. Soon after, he joined UT Southwestern as Professor and Director of Educational Programs for Radiation Oncology and Professor for Pediatrics.
U.S. News & World Report just released its 2017 list of top hospitals. UT Southwestern ranks #1 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and #2 in Texas. In addition, we nationally ranked in six specialties and are noted as high-performing in four conditions, including cancer. An honor to be recognized!
According to the American Brain Tumor Association, there are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor, and nearly 17,000 this year will die from it. Glioblastoma represents 14.9 percent of all primary brain tumors and has the highest number of cases of malignant tumors with an estimated 12,390 new cases predicted in 2017.