Radiation Oncology | Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital's Radiation Oncology program is committed to providing the highest quality patient care and improving cancer outcomes. Our nationally recognized and specialized team offers state-of-the-art therapies, innovative techniques, and individualized treatment plans. Tampa General Hospital has earned a ‘high performing’ designation for Cancer care by U.S. News & World Report for 2023-24, meaning we are ranked among the top 10% of U.S. hospitals.

Our mission is clear: to improve the lives of patients in our community diagnosed with cancer by providing cutting edge, personalized and compassionate cancer care...
- Richard Tuli, MD | Medical Director, Radiation Oncology

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Radiation Oncology

As an academic medical center, we utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to treat all types of cancer and provide the most advanced radiation therapies available, including brachytherapy, image-guidance, surface guidance, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, SRS, SBRT, electron therapy and in the near future, proton therapy. With technology and treatment based on evidence, practice, research and education, we continue to improve outcomes and quality of life for our patients.

Our Radiation Oncologists

Our radiation oncologists are highly skilled, combining their expertise with the use of state-of-the-art radiation technology to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. We are active leaders of groundbreaking clinical trials and research in radiation therapy, allowing us to provide the most up-to-date and helpful treatments for our patients.

Additionally, because our approach to radiation oncology care is multidisciplinary, TGH’s cancer treatment teams include radiation oncologists as well as other specialized oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, supportive care experts, nurses, and many others who are all dedicated to providing world-class care to our patients.

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Radiation Treatment Options

Sterotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) / Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)

Brachytherapy is a form of internal radiation therapy that can be used to treat several types of cancer. Unlike external beam radiation therapy (EBRT)—in which high-energy X-ray beams are generated by an external machine (linear accelerator) and aimed at a tumor—brachytherapy involves the placement of radioactive material directly inside or next to a tumor.

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is a noninvasive radiation therapy that treats tumors in the body besides the brain and head.

Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) / Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)

Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) allows radiation intensity to be changed (modulated) during treatment to precisely deliver the radiation to the tumor and sparing normal surrounding tissue. Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) is an advanced form of IMRT where single or multiple radiation beams sweep in arcs around the patient rather than remaining static. This therapy delivers a high-powered, targeted dose of radiation with minimal damage to normal surrounding tissue and critical anatomy.

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) uses medical imaging to help provide precise and accurate radiation treatment.

Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT)

Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) is a technique that uses stereo vision technology to track a patients' surface in 3D, for both setup and motion management during radiotherapy.

High Dose Rate (HDR) and Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) involves placing a protected source of high energy radiation over the surface of the tumor or directly within the tumor and using specially designed applicators, such as radioactive plaques, needles, tubes, wires, or small "seed" made of radionuclides. The high energy source (usually Iridium-192) allows the patient to receive radiation within a few minutes.

Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy places radioactive materials inside the body for extended periods of time.

Brachytherapy (Interstitial and Intracavity)

Brachytherapy is a form of internal radiation therapy that can be used to treat several types of cancer. Unlike external beam radiation therapy (EBRT)—in which high-energy X-ray beams are generated by an external machine (linear accelerator) and aimed at a tumor—brachytherapy involves the placement of radioactive material directly inside or next to a tumor.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) is a radiation treatment performed for cancers that are difficult to remove during surgery and when there is concern that tiny amounts of unseen cancer might remain. IORT directs radiation to the targeted area while minimally affecting the surrounding tissue.

Radioisotopes used to target specific organs, tissues, or cells.

Electron Therapy
Electron therapy harnesses the power of high-energy electros to target and treat cancerous cells.

Radiation Therapy Technology

CyberKnife System

cyberknife radiosurgery system in an operating room at the tgh cancer institute

Our CyberKnife S7 radiosurgery system is a non-invasive alternative to surgical treatment for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. It is a fully automated, artificial intellingence-driven system that incorporates real-time motion adaptation to deliver stereotactic treatments to any part of the body with sub-millimeter precision in as little as 15 minutes. This means that greater doses of radiation therapy can be delivered to the target area with minimal effects on nearby healthy tissue and organs. The system virtually eliminates manual tasks and the potential for errors.


truebeam system in the tgh proton therapy room at the tgh cancer institute's brandon location

Similar to the CyberKnife system, the TrueBeam radiotherapy system is an advanced medical linear accelerator that delivers quick, precise image-guided radiation therapy. It can decrease treatment time from 30 minutes to two minutes without sacrificing accuracy, precision or safety. The system offers a variety of treatment techniques to address many cancer types as well as advanced imaging capabilities, including respiration-synchronized radiographs, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging, Triggered Imaging and more.

Bravos Afterloader System

The BRAVOS afterloader system is designed to streamline the overall high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatment process.  


The integration of IDENTIFY in the Varian technology ecosystem is designed to deliver many advantages to users of TrueBeam including continued compatibility, increased automation and clinical confidence. 

Proton Therapy (Coming Soon)

In collaborative partnership with the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), TGH is working to create a proton therapy center near downtown Tampa. Proton therapy is the most advanced form of cancer-fighting technology available. It’s ideal for treating both cancerous and benign tumors, especially those that are close to vital organs and can’t easily be targeted with other forms of radiation therapy. We are eager to provide this cutting-edge treatment to our patients soon.

GammaTile Therapy

This FDA-cleared procedure places a bio-resorbable collagen tile the size of a postage stamp in the tumor site, immediately following surgery to remove the tumor. The procedure slows the progression of a returning brain tumor by immediately targeting residual tumor cells with precise gamma ray doses before those cells can significantly replicate.


The CivaSheet is a type of brachytherapy device that is customizable to each patient's condition. It can be used for numerous types of cancer including colorectal, gynecological, head and neck. soft tissue sarcomas and pancreatic cancer

3D Printing

The TGH and USF Health Radiology’s Division of 3D Clinical Applications is one of the most advanced point-of-care printing labs in the nation, creating 3D models that are accurate in size and shape to within one one-hundredth of an inch. The models are biomimetic and bio-compatible — giving physicians near-perfect replicas to aid in surgical planning and procedural practice.

SAVI Brachytherapy

This approach offers tissue-sparing dosimetry and maximizes ease of use during placement while also offering dose customization. 

Groundbreaking Research

Tampa General Hospital is committed to pioneering breakthrough treatments, conducting game-changing clinical research and training the next generation of health care professionals through our partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Our team is at the forefront of clinical research and innovation to advance radiation oncology care. 

See all active trials at Tampa General Hospital.