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Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) treats 1,200 patients and performs more than 18,000 external beam procedures annually. Opened in 1995 as a component of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, this modern facility has an integral role in providing cancer treatment.

We provide a comprehensive range of radiation oncology services and treatments including:

  • IORT
  • HDR
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Brachytherapy
  • Total Body Irradiation
  • IMRT

Members of our team come from various disciplines that include:

  • Board-certified Radiation Oncologists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Radiation Physicists
  • Dosimetrists
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Nurses

Environment

Built with employees and patients in mind, the Radiation Oncology department is spacious with distinct areas for staff, patient care, and families. Each treatment room is designed for patient convenience and comfort and has a skylight and individual sound system. Our waiting area is beautifully decorated, and our entire department is a unique healing environment designed to lift the spirits of patients, visitors, and employees.

Behind the scenes, we have the resources of a leading tertiary medical center and modern equipment necessary to provide optimum care for our patients. Our equipment includes:

  • Varian Ximatron CX
  • CT Simulator
  • 3 Varian 2100 CD with multileaf collimators and dynamic wedge
  • ADAC Treatment Planning System
  • Superficial Unit
  • Intraoperative Orthovoltage Unit

The treatment machines and the CT/Simulation area always have a minimum of two therapists per unit.

Culture

Our staff enjoys both professional and personal relationships. Occasionally, we have dress-up days or theme days, which are enjoyed by patients and staff. We celebrate milestones, birthdays, and seasonal events. Although we are a large group, we retain the rapport and feel of a closely-knit group. The Radiation Oncology team is diverse, and we welcome new members of all experience levels and academic backgrounds, from new graduates to more experienced professionals.

"Care is the best here . . . no matter what is going on with any individual or in the department; the patients will always come first. They get full attention, as well as the absolute best treatment they could ever hope for . . . Out of all of the many facilities to which I've been, it's definitely at the top of the list for an all around good place to work."
—Patty, Radiation Therapist

Education

Radiation Oncology at DHMC is an exciting place to work and learn. In addition to providing therapy for our patients, our team members are involved in:

  • National cancer research protocols
  • The development of in-house research protocols
  • Research and development of specific equipment

We value professional growth, hold regular educational sessions and attend local, regional, and national seminars. Additional resources include access to the most up-to-date videos and written literature. Management takes an active role in ensuring that therapists have numerous options for continuing education. New therapists enjoy a comprehensive orientation program commensurate with individual needs and experience. During orientation, new members are paired with experienced therapists for mentoring and additional training.

We are a growing facility that values professional development. DHMC provides personal and financial assistance for those wishing to pursue higher education. In fact, two of our dosimetrists began their career with us as radiation therapists. Additionally, we are affiliated with the University of Vermont and Southern Maine Technical College degree programs for radiation therapists.

Radiation Oncology at DHMC offers the best of all possible worlds: a competent, cohesive team working in a top-notch facility located in a beautiful New England setting.

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