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Radiation Oncology

Quality, Performance, and Innovation in Cancer Care

Welcome to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care to patients with all types of cancers and certain benign tumors. The department aims to achieve excellence in professionalism and performance of our services. We seek to create a climate that fosters innovation and allows patients access to the newest cutting edge treatments.

The Department of Radiation Oncology is integrated within the award-winning, nationally celebrated University of Colorado Hospital, within the larger University of Colorado Health system. The University of Colorado Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

 – Brian D. Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO​, Professor and Chair 


Sana D. Karam, MD, PhD
, professor of radiation oncology and member of the CU Cancer Center, is the corresponding author of an article published February 28 in Med that investigates how sensory nerves modulate the adaptive immune system. Using RNA sequencing analysis from human tumor tissue, Sana and the research team found that sensory nerves helped accelerate tumor growth by acting on the immune system to decrease specific T-cells, which fight disease, within the tumor microenvironment. The campus newsroom includes an article describing the study.

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