Radiation Therapy

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Department of Radiation Oncology provides radiation therapy treatments for both adults and children including 4D radiation therapy in a home-like atmosphere through the Center of Excellence in Image-guided Radiation Therapy.

Radiation therapy is one of four major treatments of choice for many cancers. It can be used alone or in combination with surgery, chemotherapy (drugs), or immunotherapy (strengthening the body’s own natural defenses).

Using small amounts of radiation, our team members provide precisely targeted treatment for a range of conditions and diseases. Radiation therapies are non-invasive and generally painless. The amount of radiation you are exposed to is minimal. Many forms of radiation are available, and your treatment choices depend on the type of cancer and its location.

Radiation affects both normal and cancerous cells. By using specific schedules for radiotherapy, cancer cells are killed but normal cells are allowed to recover. In addition, through careful treatment planning, we can direct radiation to the cancer while sparing most normal tissues.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology uses different forms of radiation to treat cancer. Radiotherapy makes it possible to deliver high-dose radiation to targeted areas of the patient's body, in many cases eliminating the need for traditional surgery or conventional radiation therapy. With stereotactic radiosurgery, radiation treatment is delivered to within tenths of a millimeter rather than the traditional three to five millimeters.

Radio Surgery

Bloodless brain surgery is another term for radiosurgery that involves very precisely targeting hundreds of beams of radiation at a specifically defined target. Radiosurgery can effectively cure a number of abnormalities.

Why Choose Us?

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is renowned around the world for its therapeutic use of radiation therapy for a wide range of diseases and conditions.

  • We are home to the world's first fully digitally integrated image-guided radiation therapy center.
  • We were the first hospital in Iowa to offer a special procedure involving the insertion of radioactive seeds after a breast lumpectomy using a catheter, which causes less radiation damage to surrounding tissue.
  • Our radiation therapy staff members are involved in a range of research activities including anti-tumor radiolabeled proteins for diagnosis and treatment of specific cancers and radio-immunotherapy for treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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