Radiation Oncology

The Radiotherapy Oncology Service treats many patients and handles cases of complex pathology every day. It stands out for its assistance work in different areas, such as pediatric oncology, stereotactic techniques such as SBRT and radiosurgery, in addition to pathology benign (ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, trigeminal neuralgia, keloids, arteriovenous malformations). We are part of more than 10 multidisciplinary tumor committees that take place at our center and participate in our own research projects as well as national and international ones. During the residency, the professional and human development of the resident is encouraged, facilitating participation in different research projects and attendance at different types of training courses, in addition to rotation at the international external center. We have a great track record in the continuing education of residents, and many of those who have passed through our unit hold positions of responsibility in international hospitals. We get residents and professionals from all over the state who do rotations in our specific units to learn the techniques we have in place.

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Radiotherapy Oncology training itinerary

Contact with the teaching unit

The Radiation Oncology Teaching Unit is provided by the Radiation Oncology Department, with the involvement of Haematology, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Radiology, Radiophysics, A&E, and Palliative Care. In Radiation Oncology we attend to patients at the hospital and in the Vall d’Hebron healthcare area of influence, but we are also active in other parts of the country as we are a leading centre for several complex diseases.

We offer a training programme in radiation oncology that includes learning in research. This means taking part in multidisciplinary committees that analyse different pathologies and generate hypotheses for future research projects. Residents integrate into a line of research when they join the programme, assisted by a consultant. 

We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) and the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO). We  actively participate in different national and international research groups, such as the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), and the Radiation Oncology Clinical Research Group (GICOR).

Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because the training we offer is some of the best, thanks to the exceptional environment in which it takes place. During your training, you will have the chance to carry out rotations in leading hospital departments, such as Medical Oncology, a department at the forefront of translational research and clinical trails, Internal Medicine and Radiodiagnosis.
  • Because during your training you will be able to take part in highly complex treatments, such as radiosurgery, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, extracranial radiosurgery, image-guided treatments, total body irridation, and treatments combined with latest generation drugs that would be hard to find in other centres in Catalonia.
  • Because the department has some of the highest admissions figures in Spain, enabling you to acquire experience in different areas of knowledge.
  • Because we have the most advanced technology to be able to provide highly complex treatments. As a centre, we carry out the greatest number of intensity-modulated radiation therapy treatments for genitourinary disease, head and neck tumours and breast neoplasms in Catalonia. We have regularly incorporated advanced technology, such as extracranial radiosurgery for lung cancer, and tightly-focused treatments that can be delivered much faster, such as RapidArc technology.
  • Because we have pioneered the establishment of internal control commissions and the development of protocols for controlled image-guided treatments; proof of our vocation to care quality and safety.
  • Because we are a young and dynamic group and a member of several national and international scientific associations, whilst also actively participating in research and teaching activities.
  • Because, in parallel, you can acquire basic oncological knowledge from the Radiation Oncology International Master's programme, a distance learning course accredited by Francisco de Vitòria University.
  • Because in the final year of your residency you have the option to choose an external rotation in a hospital abroad to deepen your knowledge. This is a chance to learn how a large European or North American oncology centre works in a specific oncological context.
  • Extensive technological endowment, with 4 linear accelerators that provide state-of-the-art treatments to a large number of patients, with routine performance of complex stereotactic techniques such as SBRT and SRS (radiosurgery), in addition to new procedures such as radioablation of cardiac arrhythmias and TBI (total irradiation) with modulated intensity technique.
  • Because we value teamwork and having a good working environment, fostering a good relationship between all members of the service to enhance both the professional and human development of the resident.
  • Attendance at accredited national and international training courses in the field of radiotherapy (radiobiology, imaging, pediatric oncology…) is encouraged and facilitated throughout all years of residency, as well as conferences and other training activities.

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