Cancer; Discovery; Women's Health
The ART and science of targeting gynecologic tumors
May 18, 2022
Chief of Gynecological Radiation Oncology Service, Director of Radiation Oncology Accreditation
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Kevin Albuquerque, M.D., is a Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology. He is a gynecologic and breast radiation oncologist, specializing in brachytherapy.
Dr. Albuquerque received his medical degree and a Master of Surgery at Bombay University’s Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College in India. He completed two residencies there and went on to become a senior resident and research fellow in surgical oncology at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital in Bombay. From there, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in the United Kingdom.
He then moved to the United States, where he completed a residency in radiation oncology at S.U.N.Y. University Hospital, and a rotation in brachytherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Beth Israel Hospital.
Before joining the faculty of UT Southwestern in 2012, Dr. Albuquerque was an Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center, where he also served as the Clinical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and as the Director of Brachytherapy.
At UT Southwestern, Dr. Albuquerque is an active member of the faculty, serving as the Director of Radiation Oncology Accreditation. He is a member of the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) for UT Southwestern.
Dr. Albuquerque is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology, the American College of Radiology, and the American Brachytherapy Society. In addition, he co-chairs the gynecological radiation oncology track of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology’s Annual Meeting Scientific Committee and serves as a reviewer for the Practical Radiation Oncology Journal and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. He is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.
He was a named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor in 2018.
Kevin Albuquerque, M.D., has spent his career treating breast and gynecologic cancers – including cervical, uterine, vulva, and ovarian cancer.
As Chief of Gynecological Radiation Oncology Service, Dr. Albuquerque is one of the few radiation oncologists in North Texas offering specialized brachytherapy, a targeted radiation therapy that sends radiation directly to the tumor. He says it offers the best chance at preserving – or even improving – a cancer patient’s quality of life.
In quality-of-life assessments on breast cancer patients, Dr. Albuquerque found that patients who received breast brachytherapy felt better, had more energy, and had a better quality of life overall than patients who underwent traditional radiation therapy. He hopes to perform similar quality-of-life studies for different types of gynecologic cancer.
As the field of radiation oncology advances, Dr. Albuquerque says better technology is improving cancer treatments, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
At UT Southwestern, Dr. Albuquerque offers image-guided, high-dose rate brachytherapy to treat tumors in the gynecologic tract. A new technology at the intersection of imaging and the delivery of radiation, this method allows doctors to see more precisely where the radiation is going.
“Image-guided brachytherapy is changing the field of radiation oncology, making it safer and more effective,” he says.
Regardless of the type of radiation therapy he uses, Dr. Albuquerque’s ultimate goal is restoring health to his patients.
“Many patients beat cancer, and that helps them change their lives for the better. When they’re given a second chance, they improve all aspects of their lives,” he says.