Research & Education
Welcome to Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Radiation Medicine Department. We hope the information provided in this section will help to familiarize you with Radiation Therapy and what to expect when you visit our department.
Our board-certified radiation oncologists are specially trained to provide both standard and cutting-edge radiation therapies. Through research and clinical trials, we are constantly working to improve current treatments, reduce side effects and discover new therapies in the fight against cancer.
Please click on the links in the menu to the left for detailed information about Radiation Therapy.
A Second Opinion
Before starting treatment, people with cancer might want a second opinion about their diagnosis and treatment options. Some insurance companies require a second opinion; others may cover a second opinion if the patient or doctor requests it.
It may take some time and effort to gather medical records and arrange to see another doctor. In general, taking several weeks to get a second opinion does not make treatment less effective. In some cases, however, people with cancer need immediate care.
How to Find a Second Opinion
Your doctor may refer you to one or more specialists. At cancer centers, several specialists often work together as a team.
The Cancer Information Service, at 1-800-4-CANCER, can tell callers about nearby treatment centers.
A local or state medical society, a nearby hospital, or a medical school can usually provide the names of specialists.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has a list of doctors who have met certain education and training requirements and have passed specialty examinations. The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists lists doctors' names along with their specialty and their educational background. The directory is available in most public libraries.
The NCI provides a helpful fact sheet called
It is available on the Internet at http://cancer.gov/publications and may be ordered from the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.