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LDS Hospital's Radiation Oncology Department is observing 20 years of service to the community.

Created in 1969 when St. Mark's, Holy Cross and LDS Hospitals agreed to combine their radiation therapy efforts, the department is among the leaders nationwide in finding and developing the most effective ways to use radiation in the treatment of cancer. It is one of the very few departments in the country located in a private community hospital that also offers a full range of patient services, active support for its clinical research and a successful teaching program for physicians and therapists.A pioneer in many new therapeutic techniques, it has now provided nearly 17,000 patients with more than a quarter-million linear accelerator treatments.

"Over the past 20 years, many changes have occurred in cancer therapy. The department has been a participant in many of these developments," said Dr. William T. Sause, department chairman. "Improvements in cancer treatment are among the most exciting in medicine and our department will continue to be part of these improvements."

The department is a member of three nationwide cancer study groups - the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, the Children's Cancer Study Group and the Southwest Oncology Group - and participates in studies with the Gynecologic Oncology Group.