Radiation Oncology


Dr. Ivo Olivotto, Division Head

Kelsey Knock, Administrative Assistant

The Division of Radiation Oncology currently (2014) includes 23 radiation oncologists (20.5 FTE). All have clinical appointments within the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and active staff appointments with Alberta Health Services. We provide Radiation Oncology services to the population of Southern Alberta. The majority of the faculty, clinical service and academic activity are at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary but two faculty are full-time at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge and one is at the Central Alberta Cancer Centre in Red Deer. Inpatients under our care are admitted to Foothills Medical Centre, which adjoins the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Cancer is a leading cause of illness and death in Canada. Radiation therapy relieves suffering, prolongs survival, and in many cases, cures the disease. To achieve these benefits for patients we use linear accelerators, ortho voltage external beam RT units, high dose rate brachytherapy, permanent seed brachytherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), and stereotactic Body or CNS RT.

Vision

To provide exceptional patient care in an academic and outcomes-evaluation environment.

Strategic Plan

  • Innovation in Brachytherapy
  • Stereotactic CNS and Body RT (SRS and SABR)
  • Growth in undergraduate and fellowship training opportunities
  • Rapid-access palliative therapy services
  • Prospective outcomes evaluation
  • Translational research in cervix, anal, lung and head/neck cancer

Education

Our division is highly committed to teaching.  The Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is led by Dr. Shaun Loewen, and is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. At the end of their training, our residents have been uniformly successful at their Royal College examinations, and in securing fellowship and staff positions. We host a growing number of clinical research fellows from Canadian and International centers. Fellowship experiences have included stereotactic radiosurgery, image guided RT, brachytherapy, palliative RT, and translational research. We are pleased to provide observerships and elective experiences of any length at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research

We have organized our research programs along three broad streams:

  • Translational research, with current activity focusing largely on gynecologic, head and neck, anal and lung cancers.
  • Investigation of new technologies, including brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, IMRT and IGRT.
  • Population and outcome studies; including access to cancer services.

In addition, we are active participants in several cooperative clinical trial groups including the NCIC-CTG, OCOG, NRG Oncology Group, and the Children’s Oncology Group.