My own results are as good as surgery," says Gerald Hanks, chairman of Fox Chase Cancer Center's department of radiation oncology in Philadelphia.
About 10 years ago, his
center pioneered so-called three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, which allows the oncologist to more precisely aim the radiation at higher doses, doing less damage to the surrounding tissue.
"There's a difference in radiation oncologists who treat several hundred patients a year and those who treat five or 10," says Hanks
, who has treated more than 1,500 patients.