Facility and Department

City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies. We are one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 
 
On our park-like campus just northeast of Los Angeles, City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital brings groundbreaking research and compassionate care under one roof. It embodies our mission to deliver the newest, most promising therapies to patients without delay, while creating an environment that encourages open collaboration between physicians, caregivers and clinical researchers.
 
City of Hope Department of Radiation Oncology treats more than 900 patients each year. The department is equipped with state-of-the art technology, with facility renovation underway.  The department offers the full spectrum of radiation therapy modalities, including:
 
  • External beam radiation therapy with high-energy photons and electrons.
  • 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy
  • IMRT -- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • IGRT -- Image Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Total Body and Total Marrow Irradiation in conjunction with a Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Brachytherapy with LDR and HDR techniques
  • Treatment with Unsealed Sources, including targeted radiopharmaceuticals and radio-immunotherapy
 
 

Therapy Equipment 
 
  • Two Helical TomoTherapy – IGRT units
  • One Varian 21EX dual energy (6 MeV and 10 MeV), MLC linear accelerators with multiple electron capability and IMRT
  • One 6 MeV Varian linear accelerators.
  • Varian high dose-rate afterloader for interstitial and intracavitary implants.
  • Variety of low dose-rate sources available for implantation.
  • Ultrasound guided equipment for permanent prostate seed implants. Equipment to be added soon
  • One Varian Trilogy dual energy with CBCT/OBI and SRS/SRT capable.
  • One Varian iX dual energy accelerator with CBCT/OBI
 
Planning / Verification Equipment
 
  • Large bore CT-Simulation unit, dedicated for treatment planning
  • One Varian conventional simulator
  • Varian Eclipse Treatment Planning System
  • TomoTherapy Treatment Planning System
  • IMPAC Radiation Oncology Management System
 
Planning Equipment to be added soon
 
  • GE multi slice PET/CT simulator dedicated to planning and response assessment
  • GE 1.5T MRI dedicated to radiation oncology planning and response assessment
 
Conferences
Residents will be required to attend various radiation oncology conferences each week, as well as multidisciplinary conferences. An integrated, multidisciplinary approach to patient management is stressed. 
 
Multidisciplinary clinics or tumor boards occur in breast cancer; GU/prostate cancer, sarcomas, head and neck cancers; pediatric cancers; gynecological malignancies; gastrointestinal cancers; central nervous system cancers; and lymphomas. There is frequent interaction between all specialties which care for these patients including medical oncology, pediatric oncology, general surgery, head and neck surgery, the bone marrow transplantation service, pain service, neurosurgery, gynecological oncologists, thoracic surgery, and other ancillary services. 
 
Residents are a vital and important part of this multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of patients with cancer.