Dr. Rizwan Nurani - Experienced Radiation Oncologist

An experienced radiation oncologist, Dr. Rizwan Nurani most recently served at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center in Tacoma, Washington. He is highly skilled in numerous areas of radiation oncology. In the field of brachytherapy, Dr. Nurani has utilized high-dose rate and low-dose rate devices. He has also trained in cyberknife, varian trilogy, and novalis stereotactic radiosurgery. Additionally, Dr. Rizwan Nurani assists patients with external beam equipment, including image-guided radiation therapy and traditional intensity-modulated radiation therapy.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Riz Nurani studied mechanical engineering at Seattle University before switching his focus to life sciences. He subsequently transferred to the University of Washington, where he earned a bachelor of science in cell and molecular biology. Subsequently, Dr. Rizwan D. Nurani enrolled at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he graduated with his doctor of medicine and earned thesis honors. After fulfilling his internship in transitional medicine at Deaconess Medical Center, he returned to the University of Washington School of Medicine to complete his residency in radiation oncology. During his final year, Dr. Nurani was named chief resident.

Liver Oncology - Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

A physician certified through the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Rizwan D. Nurani performs stereotactic radiosurgery and other radiological procedures for patients with cancer at Western Radiation Oncology in Mountain View, California. In this role, Dr. Rizwan (Riz) Nurani presented as invited speaker on stereotactic radiosurgery to address oligometastatic liver cancer at the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists Region I Meeting.

When specialists like Dr. Riz Nurani use the term “stereotactic radiosurgery,” it’s often in the context of brain cancer treatment. Stereotactic radiosurgical methods applied to other organs in the body, like the liver, can fall under the umbrella of “stereotactic body radiation therapy” (SBRT).

SBRT is a treatment conducted by radiation oncologists, who use advanced equipment to aim precise rays of high-dose radiation at tumors growing in the organ in question, in this case the liver. The extreme precision of SBRT means that healthy liver tissue surrounding tumors goes largely unscathed. 

Radiation oncologists perform the procedure on an outpatient basis. Patients undergo SBRT during one or a small number of sessions, a benefit when compared to traditional beam therapy that can require many sessions over several weeks.