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Radiation team & highlights

Membership according to cancer care groups

Breast

About

We are one of the largest, highly specialized, multidisciplinary breast cancer care teams in Canada.

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Team members

  • Dr. Justin Lee (lead)
  • Dr. Ida Ackerman
  • Dr. Gregory Czarnota
  • Dr. Mary Doherty
  • Dr. Irene Karam
  • Dr. Eric Leung
  • Dr. Eileen Rakovitch
  • Dr. Hany Soliman
  • Dr. Ewa Szumacher
  • Dr. Danny Vesprini

Central Nervous System

About

  • Internationally known clinical and research leaders.
  • Major program in frameless stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases with our aim to avoid whole brain radiation whenever possible. Represents a major advance to improve patient care and radiation delivery.
  • Major program in stereotactic body radiotherapy for spine tumours. Known as one of the global pioneers of the technique.
  • Novel first in human research using MR Guided focused ultrasound led by our neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Mainprize.
  • Several clinical trials for glioma (GBM, anaplastic glioma, low grade glioma) as we are the home of the Canadian Brain Tumour Consortium (Lead Dr. James Perry).
  • Developing new radiation technologies for brain tumour treatments that include MR Linac delivery as one of a few international sites charged with developing this new technology.

» More about central nervous system cancer care

Team members

  • Dr. Arjun Sahgal (lead)
  • Dr. Sten Myrehaug
  • Dr. Hany Soliman
  • Dr. May Tsao

Gastrointestinal

About

  • Liver SBRT for HCC and liver metastases
  • IMRT/VMAT for gastric, pancreas, rectal and anal cancer

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Team members

  • Dr. Hans Chung (lead)
  • Dr. William Chu
  • Dr. Phil Davey
  • Dr. Yee Ung
  • Dr. Shun Wong

Genitourinary

About

  • Second prostate brachytherapy program launched in Canada (1998)
  • First clinical IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) prostate treatment in Canada (2001)
  • First and largest CT (computed tomography)-based (2001) and ultrasound-based (2009) HDR (high dose rate) prostate brachytherapy program in Canada
  • First and largest prostate stereotactic ablative radiotherapy program in Canada (2006)
  • Read about MRI-guided Brachytherapy coming to our Odette Cancer Centre

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Team members

  • Dr. Andrew Loblaw (lead)
  • Dr. Patrick Cheung
  • Dr. William Chu
  • Dr. Cyril Danjoux
  • Dr. Stan Liu
  • Dr. Gerard Morton
  • Dr. Ewa Szumacher
  • Dr. Danny Vesprini

Gynecology

About

  • One of the largest gynecology-oncology cancer programs in Ontario and in Canada
  • State of the art, fully integrated MRI brachytherapy suite (under construction)
  • Perform personalized brachytherapy procedures including intra-cavitary and interstitial implants
  • Pioneered the first inter-disciplinary sexual health clinic in Canada (since 2007) for the management of sexual health issues after treatment

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Team members

  • Dr. Lisa Barbera (lead)
  • Dr. Ida Ackerman
  • Dr. Toni Barnes
  • Dr. Eric Leung

Hematology

About

  • We provide care to the largest group of patients with leukemias, lymphomas and other plasma cell diseases, in Canada.

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Team members

  • Dr. Lawrence Paszat (lead)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Spayne

Head and Neck

About

  • Current research initiatives include MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Hyperthermia, as well as Stereotactic Image-Guided Radiotherapy.

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Team members

  • Dr. Justin Lee (lead)
  • Dr. Irene Karam
  • Dr. Ian Poon

Non-melanoma skin cancer

About

  • We are the largest multidisciplinary non-melanoma skin cancer program in Canada.

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Team members

  • Dr. Toni Barnes (lead)
  • Dr. Gregory Czarnota
  • Dr. Mary Doherty
  • Dr. Justin Lee
  • Dr. May Tsao

Rapid Radiotherapy Response program

About

  • Launched in 1996, and provides timely palliative radiotherapy to relieve symptoms in patients with advanced cancer.
  • We publish quarterly HotSpot newsletter, which has a distribution of over 2000 health care professionals.

Team members

  • Dr. Ed Chow (lead)
  • Dr. Cyril Danjoux
  • Dr. May Tsao

Thoracic (lung)

About

  • We are one of the highest volume Canadian sites for lung SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy).

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Team members

  • Dr. Ian Poon (lead)
  • Dr. Patrick Cheung
  • Dr. Phil Davey
  • Dr. Yee Ung