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Department of radiation oncology

Prof. Dr. Raimon Miralbell Izard
radiation oncology

About the department

The radiation oncology department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona is a leading centre specializing in radiation therapy for oncological diseases. One of the department's priorities is to achieve excellence in every aspect of services, including patient care, clinical research, treatment, cancer follow-up and prevention, and community and professional education. The department's medical staff consists of a wide range of specialists specializing in central nervous system diseases (neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radio-oncologists and radiologists). Each physician, assisted by a team of technicians and nurses, works with cutting-edge technology to maximize the treatment of benign and malignant tumours.

The department's specialists focus on the non-surgical treatment of brain tumours or vascular malformations. The department has at its disposal Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery™, which is an advanced system for stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy. The treatment is painless and helps avoid extended hospitalization or lengthy rehabilitation periods. The patient remains conscious throughout the intervention. After completing treatment with Novalis, patients can return home the same day to their usual activities.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Metastases to the brain and gliomas
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Cavernous angiomas
  • Children's brain tumours
  • Recurrent brain tumours
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Skull base meningiomas
  • Head and neck cancer

Diagnostic:

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease, including family history) 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Molecular diagnostics 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Bone scan 
  • Colonoscopy, gastroscopy, rectoscopy 
  • Mammography 

Treatment: 

  • External beam radiation therapy 
  • Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy) 
  • Intraluminal radiation therapy 
  • Radioactively tagged molecules given intravenously 
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Hormonal therapy 
  • Biological therapy 
  • Combination treatments
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1997 Higher medical and surgical education. Doctor of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • 1979 - 1984 Specialization in Radiation Oncology at Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona
  • 1983 Advanced training in radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton Surrey (UK)
  • 1985 Internship in the Department of Radiation Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte (California, USA)
  • 1987 - 1989 Senior Resident and Clinical Investigator, Department of Medical Radiation, Harvard (USA)

Experience

  • 2007 Professor, School of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • 1999 Director of Radiation Oncology Service, Teknon Institute of Oncology, Teknon Medical Center
  • 1992 Fellow of the European Science Institute (ESI) together with the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in several teaching and research projects in the field of new radiotherapy technologies
  • 1998 -2007 President of the Swiss Proton Users Group
  • 1991 - 2006 Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • 1989 - 1991 Oncologist, Radiotherapy Cancer Service, Sant Pau University Hospital, Barcelona

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Varian Award for Radiation Oncology of the Swiss Society of Radiobiology and Medical Physics
  • The Swiss Society of Radiation Oncology
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy Research Society
  • European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • European Research Institute
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