The Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology

Introduction

Radiation oncology is the highly specialized branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and treatment of cancer using radiation in the form of high-energy rays or particles.

When radiation is delivered in high doses utilizing state-of-the-art technology, it is called radiation therapy or radiotherapy, which can originate from outside the body (external radiation) or from radioactive materials placed directly in the tumor (internal or implant radiation).

Radiation therapy is an effective way to treat many kinds of cancer in nearly any part of the body either as a sole treatment modality or in combination with surgery or chemotherapy.

About the Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology
The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center continues to break barriers in cancer care through its state-of-the-art Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology, including its Neuroscience Institute.

As the region’s pioneer in delivering leading-edge cancer care, the institute continues to gain international, national and state recognition for its clinical application and research of breakthrough methods of radiation therapy.

These achievements have earned Monmouth Medical Center the distinction of becoming the first hospital in Monmouth County to earn accreditation from the American College of Radiation Oncology for the quality, safety and appropriateness of its radiation therapy.

Monmouth’s Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology is actively involved in numerous research studies primarily as an affiliate of the Philadelphia-based Fox Chase Cancer Center for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and in spearheading its own clinical research initiatives. These national clinical trials are investigating a full spectrum of radiation therapies, as well as identifying ways to reduce the side effects of treatment.

Monmouth Medical Center’s long-held prominence in radiotherapy took root in 1967 when it acquires a high-energy, 6 million volt linear accelerator for the treatment of cancer. At the time, it was only the 30th machine of its kind in the world and the first in New Jersey representing Monmouth’s first step in establishing what would become the renowned Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology.

Additional information on radiation oncology is available from the National Cancer Institute, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and Southwest Oncology Group.

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