Lydia Komarnicky, M.D.
Welcome to the website of the Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology. We hope you find this site informative.
On this site we will tell you about ourselves, answer some commonly asked questions, and encourage you to email us if you need further information.
The core of the department is located at our Center City campus at Hahnemann University Hospital. Our team of specialists is prepared to offer an integrated approach to diagnosis, management options and treatment of various malignant and non-malignant diseases. We are able to treat adults and children over the age of 1 year. We are proud to offer intensity-modulated radiation treatment (IMRT), 3-dimensional (3D) conformal radiotherapy, brachytherapy (including high-dose remote afterloader, or HDR, for breast, gyn, and prostate), low-dose brachytherapy prostate seed implants, stereotactic radiotherapy for brain tumors, total skin electron beam (TSEB) radiation for mycosis fungoides, and total body irradiation (TBI) as part of bone marrow transplantation. We have a joint program with Wills Eye Hospital that is unique for the treatment of orbital malignancies. Hahnemann is one of the few university hospitals in the area to offer hyperbaric oxygen treatment to aid in wound healing.
We have a strong commitment to our patients and the community and have developed a strong clinical program with an oncology-trained nurse and board-certified technologists, dosimetrists, and physicists. This commitment is demonstrated by our educational and support programs developed jointly with other specialties.
Research is an integral part of this department and faculty. A number of protocols involving brachytherapy, monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of brain tumors, and histone 1 for the treatment of leukemias are being investigated. There is also participation in ECOG, COG, NSABP and other national clinical trials.
Newly installed is a Siemens Primus Dual Energy Linear Accelerator offering the most advanced technology with the advantage of IMRT. This offers the enhanced ability to pinpoint radiation more precisely for hard-to-treat areas.
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