Cancer; Discovery; Women's Health
The ART and science of targeting gynecologic tumors
May 18, 2022
Effective May 1, 2023, Dr. Nwachukwu will be closing her practice at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The clinic will be happy to recommend a physician to assume your care. Patients can obtain a copy of their medical records by calling 214-645-3030 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Nwachukwu’s focus is on both breast and gynecologic cancers.
Dr. Nwachukwu received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and her medical degree from Mayo Medical School. Following that, she went on to complete her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her radiation oncology training at Stanford University Hospitals in California, where she also served as chief resident.
Her research interests are in gynecologic malignancies, women’s health, and global oncology initiatives with the goal of expanding the role of radiation oncologists in achieving more equitable health care for all global citizens through humanitarian outreach, education, and research.
Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D., focuses on treating a variety of cancer sites with both external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy, a type of radiation treatment that uses applicators to place a radioactive source directly next to or within a tumor. A highly trained board-certified radiation oncologist, she is an integral part of both the breast and gynecologic cancer teams at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
It was in medical school where she found herself drawn to cancer patients and after completing her Ph.D. in cancer biology when she knew treating oncology patients was her desired path.
“I was excited about radiation oncology because not only did it give me meaningful interactions with delicate and extremely vulnerable patients, but the field is very evidence-driven and I would be able to directly apply my research interests in a way that is beneficial or applicable to patients.”
Dr. Nwachukwu’s philosophy in treating cancer is to communicate the information and treatment options in a way that patients understand.
“I want patients to be intimately involved in their care and decision-making,” she says. “The diagnosis of cancer is very daunting for most patients and the goal is to help them get through the treatments as much as we can, and, where possible, get them back to a new sense of normality.
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