News & Announcements

2015 Department News 

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

UT Southwestern investigators have published what is believed to be thefirst reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer.

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.

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.

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.

2014 Department News 

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

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

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.

Department receives $3 million for recruiting faculty

The Department of Radiation Oncology has been awarded $3 million to recruit a leading expert in particle radiobiology. This high-profile award by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was part of an $11 million award to UT Southwestern announced May 22.

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.

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. 

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. 

2012 Department News 

Proton therapy center planned for North Texas

UT Southwestern, seeking to broaden an already robust array of radiation oncology treatments it offers to patients, will play a key role in operating a state-of-the-art proton therapy center for North Texas being planned and funded by San Diego-based Advanced Particle Therapy (APT).