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Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. To help people with cancer and their families better understand their treatment choices, we are providing the following information to explain how radiation therapy works to cure cancer and the various types of cancers. This material is informational only and should not be used in place of advice from a medical professional.
If you are dealing with cancer, we encourage you to talk with a radiation oncologist to see if radiation therapy is right for you, your cancer and your lifestyle.
Cancer Specialty Areas
- Brain, spine and central nervous system cancers
The UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology treats both malignant brain cancer and benign tumors.
- Breast cancer
We treat all stages and types of breast cancer in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology.
- Cervical, uterine and gynecological cancers
Our UCLA radiation oncology team treats a large volume of gynecological malignancies.
- Colon, rectum and anal cancers
At UCLA, radiation treatment can be used at several stages, including pre-operative, post-operative, and/or in combination with chemotherapy.
- Head and neck cancer
The UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology takes a multi-disciplinary team approach with multiple experts when treating cancers of the head and neck.
- Leukemia / lymphoma
For lymphoma and leukemia cancers, UCLA uses a multi-modality approach and provides patients with the best chance for survival.
- Lung and thoracic cancers
For esophageal and lung cancers, UCLA radiation therapy is an important tool to effectively target the tumor, but spare nearby organs and tissues.
- Metastatic cancer
At UCLA, Radiation therapy is an important tool to relieve the symptoms associated with metastatic cancer.
- Pediatric / childhood tumors
Our UCLA radiation oncology team has an active program treating various kinds of childhood cancer, working closely with pediatric surgeons and medical oncologists.
- Prostate / genitouriniary cancers
There are many levels of prostate/genitourinary cancers, and our UCLA team assures treatment is customized for each patient.
- Stomach and pancreatic cancers
Radiation is typically used to manage stomach and pancreatic cancers after surgery, with or without chemotherapy and radiation therapy is also useful for alleviating pain and suffering.