Dr. McAvoy

Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by using high-energy beams that make them unable to divide.

Advances in technology make radiation therapy more targeted and safer than ever. Treatments are usually done on an outpatient basis with some lasting just a few minutes.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at The Tate Cancer Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center offers the most advanced radiation treatments at a convenient location in Anne Arundel County.

Working with experts from medical and surgical oncology, our radiation oncology team creates carefully considers all treatment options in order to give you the best chance for successful results.

To make an appointment or to learn more about our program, call 410-553-8100.

Our Therapies and Technology

The Tate Cancer Center has advanced radiation therapy technology on site.

  • External beam radiation therapy aims radiation beams directly into the tumor. The machine we use is a Varian linear accelerator. Learn more about this therapy.
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) changes the intensity of the beams to deliver a more precise dose to the tumor, reducing the radiation to surrounding healthy tissue. Learn more about this therapy.
  • High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy involves placing radioactive sources in or next to the cancer. Learn more about this therapy.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is not surgery but a very precise technique used to deliver radiation to tumors in the head and spine. Learn more about this therapy.
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), sometimes called stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is the same as SRS except it is used to treat sites outside of the head and spine. Learn more about this therapy.

Access to More Cancer Treatment Options

In addition to the technology on site at Tate Cancer Center, patients can access the state-of-the-art treatments at the UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) and the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) in downtown Baltimore. (At both locations, a concierge program helps you navigate the process and offers free valet parking.)

These specialized treatments include:

Radiation Oncology Clinical Trials

In addition, offer promising new therapies years before they are widely available. Eligible patients can take part of clinical trials conducted here and those at other UM Department of Radiation Oncology locations. View our open radiation oncology clinical trials.

Patient Experience

At the Tate Cancer Center, we want our patients to have the smoothest experience possible while receiving cancer treatment. We have a number of resources available to patients to help you navigate your cancer care.

As part of UMGCCC, the Tate Cancer Center offers a number of clinical trials, such as those combining immunotherapy and radiation treatment, that offer promising new therapies years before they are widely available.

Your physician is here to support and educate you about what to expect throughout your time with us. We offer complimentary valet services for all patient appointments.

Ask the on-site cancer care team about current cancer screening initiatives during your next visit.

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Nutritional Help

Radiation therapy can cause side effects that affect your appetite and eating habits.

The Tate Cancer Center offers outpatient dietician services through the Digestive Health Center. During a one-on-one session, a registered licensed dietician will help you to set personal goals and create an individualized eating plan to help improve overall health and keep you feeling your best during treatment.

Social Worker and Specialty Services

A licensed social worker is available to provide community resources, help patients navigate financial and insurance questions, and offer emotional support and understanding.

Cancer Support Services

The Tate Cancer Center offers a monthly Cancer Support Group on the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 pm. This free open discussion group offers peer support for cancer patients and survivors, as well as forums about timely treatment and care topics. To register and for more information, contact Kelly Harris at 410-553-8179 or visit umbwmc.org/support-groups.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or to learn more about our program, call 410-553-8100.