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Thoracic Radiotherapy

As an important unit of Cancer Hospital of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Zhejiang Cancer Hospital), the Department of Thoracic Radiotherapy is one of the leading and largest radiation treatment centers in China continually since its establishment in 1963. We mainly provide radiation treatment for lung cancer, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, mediastinal and pleural malignancy, combining with multiple therapeutic approaches, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and endocrine therapy. We currently have 3.5 wards occupied with 175 verified beds and 350 actual beds allottedly charged by 10 medical groups. These groups are staffed by a line of well-trained and qualified expert physicians, nurses with oncology training, radiation therapists, medical physicists and other specialists. Specifically, we have 1 doctoral supervisor, 2 master supervisors, 8 chief physician, 10 associate chief physicians, and 1 chief nurse practitioner, 2 deputy chief nurses and 22 supervisor nurses.


Our mission aims to provide compassionate, attentive, cutting-edge and personalized radiotherapy for patients with thoracic cancer, while integrating education, laboratory and clinical research, and radiation physics to achieve improved outcomes and better life quality. Thousands of patients are successfully treated in our department every year. With the development of new technologies and accelerators, we are capable of offering a full range of both conventional and high-technology radiation treatment for patients, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), 4D-CT, Respiratory-gating, Tomotherapy (TOMO) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).


Based on the multidisciplinary team, we continually work closely with other colleagues from different departments specializing in those same diseases, including surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists and radiologists, to make better clinical decisions of the optimal and individualized treatment plan for each patient and study better ways for patient care. We are committed to killing tumors as aggressively as possible, while minimizing the unwanted side effects of radiation and chemotherapy that often accompany with cancer treatment. We always abide the idea of patient-centered, and pay close attention to both patients’ life span and life quality.


We are also at the forefront of research. To provide better service for patients and explore more efficient anti-cancer strategies, our physicians and staffs are also actively participating in clinical, basic and translational research. A series of clinical trials are conducted in our center every year, and the results have been presented at the national and international conferences, some of which are quoted by NCCN guidelines and changing our clinical practice. Our department, now have carried out more than 30 research projects, including 1 National Key Technology Research Special Foundation of Digital Medical Equipment, and 4 National Natural Science Foundations. In recent five years, we have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious domestic and international journals, including more than 40 SCI papers.


We attach great importance to the education and training for next generations. We are a part of national resident training base for radiation oncologist, and hold regular continuing medical training programs every year. We warmly welcome colleges and friends at home and abroad to share clinical experiences, exchange academic views and build types of collaborative relationship.


Last Updated: Mar. 2020