Advances in research are a foundation for outstanding patient care. In the Department of Radiation Oncology, our research is built around the concept that fundamental discoveries in Radiation and Cancer Biology, Radiation Physics and Molecular Imaging can be brought to the clinic to help our patients. Based on these discoveries, we have developed new treatments for patients with a wide variety of cancers including those of the brain, head and neck, breast, lung, liver, pancreas, and prostate which all show promise to improve the outcome of treatment.
A particular strength of our department is the ability to work in teams to move fundamental discoveries into clinical trials. Our research is heavily supported by the National Institutes of Health, by foundations, by industry, and by gifts from patients and friends. In addition to research conducted in our department, we work closely with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center which facilitates research and patient care that cuts across multiple medical specialties.