Dr. Laurie Cuttino
Radiation Oncologist in Richmond, Virginia
About Dr. Laurie Cuttino
Veteran physician Dr. Laurie Cuttino brings more than a decade of medical experience to her current position as a radiation oncologist with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Though she sees patients exhibiting a wide range of malignancies in her work at Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Dr. Cuttino maintains a special focus on accelerated partial breast irradiation and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Dr. Laurie Cuttino has been recognized numerous times for her professional efforts, including being named a “Best Doctor” by US News & World Report for each of the past three years.
Dr. Laurie Cuttino earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University before going on to complete her medical degree at VCU. Her postgraduate training includes internships and residencies at VCU and fellowships in brachytherapy at the Seattle Prostate Institute and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Prior to entering the medical field, Dr. Cuttino spent several years as an engineer with prominent firms such as AlliedSignal and The Haskell Company.
Outside of her professional life, Dr. Cuttino supports philanthropic initiatives. In addition to supporting Impact 100’s efforts in Richmond, she maintains an active role with the World Pediatric Project.
Prostate Brachytherapy - Powerful, Targeted Treatment
A radiation oncologist located in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Laurie Cuttino is known for her academic work as well as for treating countless patients. Dr. Laurie Cuttino’s expertise in the area of brachytherapy has led her to many public speaking engagements on the subject. In 2006, she undertook a brachytherapy fellowship at the Seattle Prostate Institute.
Brachytherapy is a cancer treatment involving the placement of radioactive seeds or other conduits close to a tumor. This exposes a tumor to high levels of radiation, while minimizing the exposure of nearby healthy tissue. Brachytherapy is used to treat prostate cancer in several ways.
In one scenario, radiation catheters are inserted into the prostate gland. These catheters interface with a machine which contains an iridium pellet that is very high in radiation. The machine puts a pellet into each catheter. After a series of treatments, the catheters are removed. Another approach places the seeds in the prostate gland itself, and radiation is released gradually.
These approaches are generally employed during the early stages of cancer. While there are some side effects, many of these become gradually less severe. This targeted, local approach to radiation often reduces recovery time.