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Live web cam of new East Campus Radiation Oncology Center

Watch live! New east campus Radiation Oncology center under construction

A live web cam has been added to the construction site of UT Southwestern's new $66 million Radiation Oncology treatment facility. Follow the link to view our progress. View Live

Radiation oncology faculty explain rationale for carbon-ion therapy

Radiation oncology faculty explain rationale for carbon-ion therapy

In a new "Physics Today" article, members of the Department of Radiation Oncology - including a radiation oncologist, a biologist and a physicist - disperse misconceptions about the development and utility of carbon-ion therapy. Read More

Cancer investigators receive major donor-funded grants for combined immunotherapy and radiation research

Cancer investigators receive major donor-funded grants for combined immunotherapy and radiation research

Neil Desai, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care, an honor that comes with a $600,000, four-year grant. Two other physician-led grants were awarded by the Lupe Murchison Foundation and the Once Upon a Time Foundation. Read More

Role for SABR in metastatic renal cell cancer

Role for SABR in metastatic renal cell cancer

Dr. Raquibul Hannan is interviewed on Cancer Network about stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for advanced kidney cancer. Read More

Dr. Iyengar on the rationale for treating stage 3 lung cancer with hypofractionated radiation

Dr. Iyengar on the rationale for treating stage 3 lung cancer with hypofractionated radiation

In an interview with OncLive, Puneeth Iyengar, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, explains why dividing the prescribed radiation dose into fewer treatments, with a higher amount of dosage given in each treatment ("hypofractionation"), may benefit patients. Read More

New faculty members and promotions in Radiation Oncology

New faculty members and promotions in Radiation Oncology

Andrei Pugachev, Ph.D., is a new Assistant Professor in our Physics Division, while Heeyoun Bunch, Ph.D., joins the Molecular Radiation Biology Division as an Instructor. Read More

New laboratory opens under Davis

New laboratory opens under Davis

Assistant Professor Tony Davis, Ph.D., has been made an independent in­vestigator in the department’s Division of Molecular Radiation Biology. Read More

Physician joins head and neck cancer team

Physician joins head and neck cancer team

Nhat-Long Pham, M.D., Ph.D., has joined UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology as Assistant Professor and member of the team treating head and neck cancer. Read More

Designs on ultrasound-guided radiotherapy

Designs on ultrasound-guided radiotherapy

Ultrasound imaging provides marker-free, soft-tissue visualization, without exposing the patient to any extra radiation dose. As such, several research groups are investigating the use of ultrasound guidance for localizing soft-tissue structures and tumors during radiotherapy. Research in UT Southwestern's Division of Medical Physics and Engineering is highlighted online today in an article on medicalphysicsweb. Read More

Radiation Oncology well-represented at ASTRO

Radiation Oncology well-represented at ASTRO

With 16 abstracts, seven presentations, and one press briefing, the faculty of UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology will be well-represented at the 50th annual conference of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Read More

Neutrophils are key to harnessing anti-tumor immune response from radiation therapy, study finds

Neutrophils are key to harnessing anti-tumor immune response from radiation therapy, study finds

Combining targeted radiation therapy with a neutrophil stimulant enhances anti-tumor immunity, according to new research into cancer immunology at UT Southwestern Medical Center Read More

Wardak added to physician team

Wardak added to physician team

Zabi Wardak, M.D., has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, joining the team focused on treating central nervous system (CNS) cancer. Read More

Residency program director named

Residency program director named

Michael Folkert, M.D., Ph.D., has been charged with leading the department’s Radiation Oncology Residency Program. Read More

Jiang awarded $4m from CPRIT

Jiang awarded $4m from CPRIT

Dr. Steve Jiang, Professor and Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology and Chief of the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, has been awarded $4 million by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop new technology to treat lung cancer patients with heavy ions. A total of $9.6 million was awarded to UT Southwestern researchers by CPRIT in the latest round of funding. Read More

Physicians join Radiation Oncology

Physicians join Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology welcomes two physicians this month to our growing team. Read More

Grants awarded to Radiation Oncology researchers

Grants awarded to Radiation Oncology researchers

Grants totalling more than $2.6 million have been awarded to researchers in medical physics and molecular radiation biology. Read More

Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D., joins Radiation Oncology

Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D., joins Radiation Oncology

Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology as Assistant Professor and member of the breast cancer team. Read More

Speaker roundup for July

Speaker roundup for July

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty gave invited lectures at the following events recently: Read More

Speaker roundup for June

Speaker roundup for June

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty gave invited lectures at the following events recently: Read More

Texans want in on cancer "moonshot"

Texans want in on cancer "moonshot"

Our heavy ion initiative was highlighted during a national summit on cancer led by Vice President Joe Biden. Read More

Desai joins Radiation Oncology leadership

Desai joins Radiation Oncology leadership

Kajal Desai, MPA, has joined the Department of Radiation Oncology as Department Administrator overseeing all the academic, financial and HR functions. Read More

Have drug hunters finally cracked KRas?

Have drug hunters finally cracked KRas?

Assistant Professor Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D., is featured in this article on developing cancer drugs to act against an elusive target. Read More

Research shows 98% cure rate for prostate cancer using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Research shows 98% cure rate for prostate cancer using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

A five-year study shows that Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) given in five sessions offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches. Read More

Department makes heavy ion grant awards

Department makes heavy ion grant awards

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center has awarded five, two-year seed grants of $100,000 apiece to Texas researchers to facilitate research related to heavy ion therapy. Read More

NASA awards funds to study effects of space radiation during Mars mission

NASA awards funds to study effects of space radiation during Mars mission

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have been awarded $3.6 million in NASA funds to study how space radiation would affect the cancer risk of astronauts taking part in deep space missions to Mars. Read More

Surgery vs. SABR: "Stablemates" trial to directly compare treatment in operable cancer patients

Surgery vs. SABR: "Stablemates" trial to directly compare treatment in operable cancer patients

The results of a national trial evaluating stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) in lung cancer patients too frail to receive surgery were so positive that physicians have opened a multi-institutional trial to directly compare surgery vs. SABR in operable patients. Read More

Physician discusses stereotactic combination therapy with WFAA/Ch 8

Physician discusses stereotactic combination therapy with WFAA/Ch 8

Dr. Robert Timmerman, Professor and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, explains why treating cancer with a combination of stereotactic radiation and immunotherapy drugs is of increasing interest to researchers, in the wake of former president Jimmy Carter's cancer cure. Read More

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

Investigators in the Department of Radiation Oncology were awarded close to $2.7 million in the latest round of funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to study and treat childhood cancer. Read More

Researchers develop classification model for cancers caused by most frequently mutated cancer gene

Researchers develop classification model for cancers caused by most frequently mutated cancer gene

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have developed a classification for cancers caused by KRAS, the most frequently mutated gene in cancer, that could eventually help oncologists choose more effective, customized cancer therapies. Read More

Cancer researchers first in Texas to use new prostate rectal spacer to minimize side effects of SABR radiation treatments

Cancer researchers first in Texas to use new prostate rectal spacer to minimize side effects of SABR radiation treatments

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers are investigating whether an injectable, biodegradable gel can reduce potential side effects from extreme high-dose radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Read More

Two physicians added to genitourinary team

Two physicians added to genitourinary team

Dr. Aaron Laine and Dr. Neil Desai are the newest clinical faculty members in Radiation Oncology. Read More

New physician joins Radiation Oncology

New physician joins Radiation Oncology

We welcome the arrival this month of David Sher, M.D., M.P.H., as Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and leader of the department’s head and neck team. Read More

Westover featured in NCI blog

Westover featured in NCI blog

Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D., writes about "The Enzymology of GTP-Competitive RAS Inhibitors" on the National Cancer Institute's RAS blog. Read More

Physicians pioneer the use of stereotactic body radiation for deadly kidney cancer complication

Physicians pioneer the use of stereotactic body radiation for deadly kidney cancer complication

UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. Read more. Read More

CPRIT awards faculty $11.5 million for recruitment and research in brain and bone cancer, biology, and immunotherapy

CPRIT awards faculty $11.5 million for recruitment and research in brain and bone cancer, biology, and immunotherapy

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers were awarded more than $7.5 million in research grants to improve diagnostic and therapeutic services and research relating to cancers of the brain, breast, throat, and bone, as well as to improve scientific understanding of cancer biology. Read More

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health awarded UT Southwestern a $1 million planning grant to establish the country’s first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy. Read More

Resident wins top award at AMA Research Symposium

Resident wins top award at AMA Research Symposium

The American Medical Association selected Stephen G. Chun, M.D., a radiation oncology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center, for its top award recognizing research from medicine’s brightest young minds. Read More

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients

A clinical trial that combined the two therapy regimens more than doubled survival rates for certain stage 4 lung cancer patients. Read More

Cancer researchers identify irreversible inhibitor for KRAS gene mutation

Cancer researchers identify irreversible inhibitor for KRAS gene mutation

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have found a molecule that selectively and irreversibly interferes with the activity of a mutated cancer gene common in 30 percent of tumors. Read More

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care. Read More

Blocking DNA repair could improve radiation therapy for brain cancer

Blocking DNA repair could improve radiation therapy for brain cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas. Read More

Possible world's first: Physicians use CyberKnife to treat vocal cord cancer

Possible world's first: Physicians use CyberKnife to treat vocal cord cancer

Stephen Wiley went from being a life-long cowboy to one of the world’s first patients to have vocal cord cancer treated by the CyberKnife, a robot that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation. Read More