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Radiation Oncology

  • The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute's Radiation Oncology Center has been a leader in specialized services for more than a decade.

    We are:

    • the first Minnesota center to treat patients with intensity modulated radiation therapy
    • one several centers in Minnesota to use high dose rate brachytherapy
    • one of a handful of centers in Minnesota to use stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy
    • only center in the Twin Cities metro to offer two Trilogy linear accelerators with volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment delivery.
  • Photo tour of Radiation Oncology Center

    Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Radiation Oncology Center has a separate outside entrance. You can access it from 26th Street and Elliot Avenue South. Our entrance is marked outside, above the door. The sign reads Radiation Oncology Center. The Radiation Oncology Center has free parking spaces for patients who are currently under treatment and for those being seen for consultation. A sign is posted at each parking space. The receptionist will give you a parking permit to be used during your appointment. When you enter the Radiation Oncology Center, there are wheelchairs available as needed. The reception and check-in desk has two scheduling secretaries to greet patients. They will also check you in for appointments and answer any questions you may have. The spacious and comfortable waiting room has a hospitality center with coffee, tea and spring water for patients and visitors. Restrooms are located adjacent to the waiting area. The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing has installed a Healing Art display throughout the Center with new exhibits every other month. There is a dedicated pediatric waiting area that is adjacent to the check-in desk. It is supplied with books and an activity table. The Radiation Oncology Center has five consultation exam rooms. The exam rooms are for visits with nurses and radiation oncologists in consultation and weekly visits during your treatment course. Should the decision be made to proceed with treatment, you will meet with the radiation therapists and schedule a CT simulation imaging exam. If you choose, the CT simulation could be completed on the same day as your consultation visit. If external beam treatment is chosen, you will be treated with the linear accelerator machine. Abbott Northwestern has two Varian Trilogy linear accelerators – Trilogy A and Trilogy B. The treatment machines are “twins,” meaning they are identical which allows for greater efficiency in treatments and scheduling. Our radiation oncologists are board certified in radiation oncology and are employed by Allina Health. They practice exclusively at Abbott Northwestern. They are pictured here from left to right: Patsa Sullivan, MD; David Monyak, MD; and Laura Willson, MD. If your treatment includes internal treatment known as brachytherapy, you will be treated in the high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy suite. This treatment room has a state-of-the-art digital simulator, and has two plasma screen televisions to enhance your relaxation during treatment. The Radiation Oncology Center can also be accessed from within Abbott Northwestern. The east or west hallways of the main hospital have signs posted with directions to the Center. The Radiation Oncology Center can also be accessed from within Abbott Northwestern. The east or west hallways of the main hospital have signs posted with directions to the Center.

  • Our staff

    The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute's Radiation Oncology Center is defined by its dedicated, passionate staff and highly experienced physician leadership. We merge superior technical capabilities with an expert staff.

    The team participates in weekly treatment planning conferences to review recent cases. This helps improve the consistency and quality of care.

    The care team includes:

    Advanced treatment capabilities

    The Radiation Oncology Center embraces the use of cutting-edge treatment techniques by adopting new technology early and aggressively.

    Treatments offered include:

  • Source: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute; Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th edition
    Reviewed by: Katie Schwarzkopf, manager, Radiation Oncology Program, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
    First published: 02/17/2010
    Last reviewed: 03/05/2014

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