Radiation Medicine Treatment for Pediatric Cancer at MedStar Georgetown
Keen minds and caring hearts are the qualities that best describe our team of pediatric specialists at the Lombardi Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Our pediatric experts work with a team of highly specialized pediatric oncologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychiatrists, nutritionists and child life specialists to provide pediatric patients with comprehensive multidisciplinary, compassionate care that prioritizes the long-term wellbeing of the whole person.
We understand young children and adolescents are not simply smaller adults but a unique patient population. Our multidisciplinary treatment approach takes great care in maximizing radiation effects on tumors, while carefully working to minimize radiation to normal tissues. Our goal is to maximize the chance for cure while simultaneously minimizing side effects both in the short term and long term using pinpoint accuracy. MedStar Georgetown is proud to be the only hospital in the Washington, D.C. area to offer all of the latest cutting edge treatment options for pediatric patients including conventional radiation therapy and CyberKnife.
We specialize in treating conditions including:
- Central Nervous System tumors (including medulloblastoma, ependymoma, gliomas)
- Soft tissue tumors (including Wilms, Ewings tumors)
- Germ cell tumors
- Leukemias and lymphomas
Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays called photons, which can destroy cancer cells during high dose radiation treatments. This happens on the microscopic level; patients do not feel the radiation during treatment. Because therapy sessions can be lengthy and require patients to remain totally still, our dedicated team includes a pediatric specialist in sedation and anesthesia, should it be needed. Our goal is to make radiation therapy treatments as easy and as comfortable as possible for our pediatric patients. Our radiation oncologists strive to work with parents and caregivers to ensure each patient is as happy and comfortable as possible during treatment.
You will discuss specific treatment plans with your physician.
Treatments might include:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) - this form of radiation delivery conforms to the shape of the tumor volume, treating the cancer while limiting the exposure of normal tissue.
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery and CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) - this treatment method delivers large doses of highly focused radiation over shorter treatment courses to the tumor, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue from high doses of radiation. CyberKnife [link to CyberKnife] administers this same treatment using a robotic arm, to tumors anywhere in the body.
Make an Appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist, call our scheduling line:
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Radiation Medicine is an integral part of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer centers in the Washington, D.C., area. Learn More.
The Department of Radiation Medicine conducts continuing clinical research that focuses on ways to more effectively and safely treat tumors with radiation while minimizing the amount of radiation critical organs and nearby healthy tissue receive.
Ask your radiation oncologist to learn more about research at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.