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Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

Lung and Thoracic Cancer

For lung and esophageal cancers, radiation therapy is a critical tool to effectively target the tumor, but spare nearby organs and tissues. At UC Davis, the radiation oncology team works in close collaboration with other medical specialists since treatment for these cancers often include a combination of radiation, surgery and/or chemotherapy.

The primary radiation treatment methods include 3-D radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and endobronchial brachytherapy. In some additional cases, the use of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is utilized as an alternative to surgery to deliver a large dose of radiation to a highly conformal region to ablate lung tumors. The UC Davis radiation oncology team also uses a state-of-the-art, 4-D gated tracking system to optimize targeting and real-time tracking of mobile tumors. 

The following UC Davis Radiation Oncologists specialize in treatment of these cancers: