Drs. Hong and Ferris

Almost two-thirds of cancer patients will receive radiation therapy, either alone or combined with other cancer treatments.

Thanks to advancements in radiation oncology technology, tumors can be more precisely targeted so that there is less damage to surrounding normal tissue. This means fewer side effects and better outcomes for our patients.

A highly trained team of experts from the University of Maryland School of Medicine directs your care at Radiation Oncology at the Kaufman Cancer Center in Bel Air. Our experience and technology are on par with, or exceed, the capabilities of all other radiation departments in the region.

Our radiation oncologists work alongside our surgical and medical oncologists and the entire clinical team, which includes nurse practitioners, patient care coordinators, nutritionists, speech-language pathologists and physical therapists.

Each case is peer-reviewed during tumor board discussions, where oncology physicians from different specialties meet to review each individual's treatment plan. We continuously review these treatment plans to ensure your care remains effective and personalized to your specific needs.

To learn more about our program or to make an appointment, call 443-643-1199.

Our Therapies and Technology

At the Kaufman Cancer Center, here in Harford County, our radiation oncologists use the best technology available for treating tumors.

  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), which is equivalent to CyberKnife, delivers higher doses of radiation in fewer treatment sessions while sparing nearby normal cells. Learn more about this therapy.
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a high-dose radiation treatment delivered to a tumor with pinpoint accuracy. Learn more about this therapy. 
  • Brachytherapy places a source of radiation directly inside or next to the tumor. Learn more about this therapy.  
    • Skin brachytherapy is a non-invasive skin cancer treatment that can be an alternative to surgery.
    • We are a regional referral center for gynecologic brachytherapy, and we also offer breast brachytherapy.
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) uses imaging techniques during each treatment session to better focus the radiation on the cancer cells.
  • TrueBeam Radiotherapy System is a device used to send high doses of precisely targeted radiation. It delivers radiation much faster than earlier systems.
  • Trilogy System combines the capabilities of other technologies into one machine, allowing our radiation oncologists to deliver treatment to tumors quickly and precisely.
  • An expert proton therapy specialist is located on-site who can discuss whether proton therapy treatment options are right for you.

Access to More Cancer Treatment Options

Patients at the Kaufman Cancer Center also have access to the state-of-the-art treatments available 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

Clinical trials offer promising new therapies years before they are widely available. We have a robust portfolio of clinical trials available to patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment. 

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 Kaufman Cancer Center, we have resources available for our patients to help them navigate their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Your care team includes medical experts, but also includes experts to help with the physical, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of fighting cancer.

Our improved digital access to secure patient data including medical information makes it even easier for you to view your personal up-to-date information on your smartphone or computer.

The Kaufman Cancer Center combines the convenience of a community cancer center designed with patient comfort in mind with the benefits of being a part of both a major academic medical center and comprehensive cancer center, including collaborative expertise between national cancer experts, the latest technologies, and promising clinical trials. Our team values treating the whole person and not just the cancer.

Available services to our patients include nurse practitioners, social workers, dieticians and other specialists.

Cancer LifeNet is a free system of support groups and services available to residents of Harford and Cecil Counties to help patients cope with the financial, psychological and emotional impacts of a cancer diagnosis. Expert professionals can help you and your family understand out-of-pocket costs during this difficult time, can provide support, and are here to listen and understand patients and their families.

Learn more about some of our different programs:

With the most advanced radiation treatment services, access to clinical trials, and our team of experienced specialists, you can rest assured that you're getting the best cancer treatment possible, providing you with hope and healing closer to home.


Stories of Gratitude: Many patients at the Kaufman Cancer Center have shared the impact that their physicians and care teams have had on their healing process during and after treatments. Read the stories of other patients just like you and connect with local support programs.


Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or to learn more about the radiation oncology team at the Kaufman Cancer Center, call 443-643-3350.