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Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Service at the IVO offers personalised clinical care and therapeutic oncology to each patient through the indication, planning, control, treatment and monitoring of the patient treated with radiation and associated therapies.

The IVO has been a pioneer throughout the history of radiation therapy in the Valencian Community, forming an essential part of radiotherapeutic oncological treatment. By maintaining the standard of quality and technological innovation, it has remained at the forefront of new treatments and become a national and international reference centre through its broad experience and specialisation.

The Radiation Therapy Service at the IVO participates in all the Hospital’s Tumour Committees, alongside the multidisciplinary team that customises the therapeutic strategies for each patient

Radiation Oncology Technology

The IVO‘s Radiation Oncology Service, located in the hospital complex in Valencia, has continually invested in equipment to be able to offer the latest techniques and treatments to their patients. It currently has the latest-generation technology:

5 Linear Particle Accelerators

At 3 sites located in the cities of Valencia, Alcoy and Cuenca:

In Valencia

1 linear accellerator with a multileaf collimator and a 3D imaging system for Image Guided RT (IGRT-MVCB). Suitable for Stereotactic RT techniques (SBRT) with IMRT.

2 Linear accellerators with multileaf collimators and high-resolution imaging systems.

In Alcoy

1 linear accellerator with a multileaf collimator and a 2D imaging system for Image Guided Radiation Therapy.

In Cuenca

1 linear accellerator with a multileaf collimator and a 2D imaging system for Image Guided Radiation Therapy.

Interconnected Computer Networks

3 interconnected computer networks that allow for treatment management, registration and verification. There are 3 workstations, one at each branch.

Dosimetry Planning Systems

6 dosimetry planning systems at the Radiation Physics and Radiation Protection Service for clinical dosimetry.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

1 brain and extracranial stereotactic radiosurgery system in Valencia.

High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

3 high-dose brachytherapy systems: 1 high-dose system and one image-guided prostate implant system in Valencia and 1 high-dose system in Cuenca.

Low-Dose-Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy

2 low-dose-rate brachytherapy systems in Valencia: 1 system for ultrasound-guided prostate implants and 1 system for eye implants.

CT Scanners

3 computed tomography (CT) scanners for dosimetric planning, one at each branch.

What is it?

High-energy X-rays

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays (and/or from encapsulated radioactive sources) to destroy cancer cells by damaging their DNA

When used with curative intent and with a very high degree of precision, this technology is very effective in eliminating and controlling tumours in virtually any location of the body. New hypo-fractionation techniques (reduced number of sessions compared to the standard) contribute to the radiation therapy being more effective in cases in which the location and characteristics of the tumour make them advisable to use. Radiation therapy can also be used with palliative intent, improving the quality of life of patients when the disease does not respond either to surgery or chemotherapy.

The experience and equipment in the Radiation Oncology department at the IVO allows for practically all currently available radiation therapy techniques to be used, either alone or in combination with other surgical techniques and systemic or chemotherapy treatments:

The Radiation Oncology Service is staffed by a highly specialised team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are focused on treatment using ionising radiation, providing comprehensive patient care, monitoring any symptoms and side effects of the same, customising the treatments, and ensuring that the combination of therapies will be more effective and provide greater prospects of success.

– External radiation therapy: 3D RT, 3D and 2D Megavolt Image-guided RT (IGRT with MVCB), Intensity-modulated RT (IMRT).

– Brain radiosurgery and stereotactic body RT (SBRT).

– Internal Radiation Therapy or Brachytherapy, both low- and high-dose rate.

Radiotherapy Units in Cuenca and Alcoy

Both units are integrated and fully coordinated with the IVO-Valencia hospital and participate in the Tumour Committees in their corresponding hospitals, allowing them to offer the patient comprehensive care and the highest quality.

Cuenca Radiotherapy Unit

The Cuenca radiotherapy unit is located near the Virgen de la Luz Hospital.

Alcoy Radiotherapy Unit

The Alcoy radiotherapy unit is located next to the Virgen de los Lirios Hospital.

National Medical Residency System

The Instituto Valenciano de Oncología Foundation has an accredited position for specialised medical training in Medical Oncology. See Call for applications.

Radiation Oncology Department Medical Team

Head of Service

Dr. Leoncio Arribas Alpuente

Heads of Section

Dr. María Luisa Chust Vicente
Dr. José Luis Guinot Rodríguez
Dr. José Luis Mengual Cloquell

Associated Doctors

Dr. Manuel Casaña Giner
Dr. Yashmina Murria Pérez
Dr. Carmen Pesudo Ayet
Dr. Paula Santamaria García
Dr. Miguel Ángel Santos Olías
Dr. María Isabel Tortajada Azcutia