Welcome To Radiation Oncology

Welcome Message From the Chair

Lawrence Marks, MD

Welcome to the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology. Our dedicated and hard-working faculty and staff strive to exemplify UNC Healthcare’s motto “Leading, Teaching, Caring”.

We have a longstanding and strong tradition of leadership and innovation in the field of radiation oncology. In particular, we have pioneered the use of computer-assisted, image-guided therapy. This allows us to focus the radiation on the tumor, while minimizing the risks to the surrounding normal organs. We have an active research team and strive to translate advances from the laboratory to the clinic to benefit our patients.

This translational research focus reflects our continuing commitment to state of the art patient care and to the training of the next generation of radiation oncologists and other radiotherapy professionals.

In 2009, we moved into the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, where the Department offers the following services:

  • External Beam Radiation Therapy: using state-of-the-art linear accelerators;
  • Intensity-Modulated and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy: allows radiation doses to be delivered to the tumor more accurately and thus minimize risks to adjacent normal tissues;
  • TomoTherapy®: external beam radiation therapy in which the radiation is delivered to the tumor slice-by-slice across its entire volume, rather than irradiating the whole volume at once, improving tumor targeting while minimizing the irradiation of surrounding normal tissues;
  • CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery: allows physicians to irradiate tumors virtually anywhere in the body with unprecedented precision. Because it is a non-invasive procedure, radiosurgery can be used for some tumors that cannot be removed by traditional surgery; and
  • Brachytherapy: the use of radioactive capsules, wires or "seeds" that are implanted temporarily in and around a patient's tumor. Brachytherapy is commonly used for gynecological cancers and select others. Our brachytherapy suite is equipped to provide real-time imaging of the treatment area as the radioactive materials are being placed, allowing procedures to be completed more quickly and accurately.

We are proud to be part of this great university that provides excellent care and service to the citizens of North Carolina.  As one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, we welcome patients from throughout the state and beyond.

We invite you to learn more about our Department and its clinical, research and education programs.

Lawrence B. Marks, M.D.