Radiation Oncology

Scope and Objectives

The Department of Radiation Oncology includes clinical divisions at the UCLA Medical Plaza and Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, and West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and includes the Division of Brachytherapy, Division of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, and Medical Radiation Physics. Laboratory, clinical, and translational research are facilitated at all locations.

The primary clinical mission of the department is the management of patients who have cancer. The purpose of using radiation therapy, rather than or in addition to surgery, is to preserve function and/or cosmesis while eliminating the cancer. Other activities include total body irradiation before bone marrow transplantation, stereotactic body radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery for A-V malformations, meningiomas, and malignant intracranial lesions. Research interests include clinical trials, radiation biology, radiation modifiers, molecular biology, immunology, and applied physics. Knowledge of the disease in question, the comparative efficacy of radiation therapy and other methods, radiation biology and pathophysiology, and the physical characteristics of various radiations is essential.

The educational programs serve medical, dental, basic science (biology and physics), nursing, and radiation therapy students, and community and postgraduate physicians; there also is a four-year program for residents who are qualifying for certification in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.

For more details on the Department of Radiation Oncology and courses offered, see the department website.