Department of Radiation Oncology

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    Dr.  Atara I. NTEKIM   

Ag. Departmental Head


Radiotherapy Department started off in 1987 as a unit under the Radiology Department of the then Faculty of Clinical Sciences and Dentistry. It was however made an independent clinical department under the administration of the University College Hospital, the “laboratory” to the College of Medicine.
On 1st October 2005, the academic Department of Radiotherapy University of Ibadan was established and Professor O. B. Campbell, the first Professor of Radiation Oncology University of Ibadan, was appointed the first Head of Department, University of Ibadan.
The department is a centre of training and research in cancer care and prevention. It takes part in the training of medical undergraduates in oncology during their pediatrics, surgery and gyneacology postings. It is also a major centre for the training of radiation oncology specialists and produced about 30 Radiation Oncologist working in different Radiotherapy centres in the country.
Recently the Department received the senate approval to commence a postgraduate diploma programme (PGD) in Radiotherapy Technology. This is a specialized professional training for conversion of Diagnostic Radiographer to Therapy Technologist. This is the only training of this cadre of staff in any Nigerian University.

Other post-graduate programmes in view are:

  • MD Radiation Oncology
  • M.Sc Psycho-Oncology

The Department also has an active psycho-oncology unit that runs clinical services every Tuesday and also actively involved in Research activities.

Radiotherapy Department is one of the most active radiation treatment centres in Nigeria and treats thousands of cancer patients annually.




To train medical students who are knowledgeable in Radiation Medicine and

Oncology and to produce world class Radiation Oncologists, who are equipped to identify and manage common malignancies in our environment.


  • To produce medical graduates with good grasp of basic clinical and radiation oncology.
  • To produce Doctors who will recognize signs and symptoms of cancer early enough to ensure early diagnosis, treatment and referral where necessary.
  • To produce graduate that will compare with their peers from the best medical schools in the world and to stimulate graduates to specialize in Radiation Oncology.
  • At the end of training, doctors are expected to demonstrate appreciable knowledge of radiotherapy treatment of common cancers.
  • To produce graduates who are worthy in character and sound judgement in Radiation Oncology.
    To produce graduate who are knowledgeable in radiation safety culture.
  • To produce graduate who are knowledgeable in the role of radiotherapy in palliative care.
  • To produce world class Radiation Oncologist at the postgraduate level.

List of previous heads of department

Prof O. B. Campbell                                 - 2005 - 2008

Dr Theresa N. Elumelu-Kupoluyi              - 2008 - 2010

Dr A. A. Adenipekun                                 - 2010 - 2013

Current head of department

Dr. Theresa N. Elumelu-Kupoluyi              – 2013 – Date

Administrative Officer

Mrs Elizabeth O. Olabiran   - Confidential Secretary I

Mr O. Kolawole                    - Office Assistant

Local & International collaborations

The department established linkages with the following bodies:

  1. International Atomic Energy, IAEA, Vienna Austria
  2. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA
  3. International Agency for Research in Cancer Lyon, France
  4. International Union for Campaign Against Cancer, UICC

List of Research Activities in the Department

  1. Anaemic presentation among cancers in an oncology ward
  2. Radiation Dose to pair organ (eye and breast) during radiation treatment.
  3. Radiation effect on rats.
  4. Effect of grape juice on irradiated blood
  5. Nutrition and cancer
  6. Spectrum of orbital tumours in Ibadan
  7. Bone scan outcomes in cancer patients
  8. Nuclear Medicine diagnosis and therapy: thyroid, skeletal, renal, hepatobiliary, oncology
  9. Cancer epidemiology
  10. Palliative care in cancer management
  11. Radiation dosimetry: Quality Assurance and quality control of radiation administration.
  12. Radiation protection of patient undergoing radiotherapy.
  13. Psycho-oncology cancer survivors.
  14. Efficacy of treatment administration and general treatment outcomes.

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