Radiation Oncology


Total body irradiation (TBI) in conjunction with high dose chemotherapy is part of the preparative regimen used to ready a patient for a bone marrow transplant. It is used to treat patients with leukemias, lymphomas and other hematologic conditions. The entire body is irradiated by a beam of high-energy photons from a linear accelerator in order to eradicate any remaining cancer cells and cause depression of the immune system (immunosuppression). This is required to help reduce the risk of transplant rejection. Even though the entire body is irradiated, one uses custom fabricated blocks of "cerrobend" to shield the lungs and prevent normal tissue damage. The treatment is typically done once a day, but may be modified by the physician if the need arises.

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Stich Radiation Oncology Center

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/
Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 746-3600
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The Arnold Center For Radiation Oncology

New York Hospital Queens

56-45 Main Street
(56th Avenue between Main Street and 141st Street)
Flushing, NY 11355
Tel: (718) 670-1501

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New York-Presbyterian/
Lower Manhattan Cancer Center

21 West Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 746-6600

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