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We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Cameron Park, CA.

Dr. Sharon C Dutton MD, MPH
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3581 Palmer Drive; #303
Cameron Park, CA

Dr. Sharon Dutton practices radiation oncology. In her practice, Dr. Dutton focuses on radiation therapy. Dr. Dutton's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University, Dr. Dutton attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Intracoronary ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian John Goldsmith FACR, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3581 Palmer Drive; #303
Cameron Park, CA

Dr. Brian Goldsmith is a radiation oncology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Goldsmith include radiation therapy. He is rated highly by his patients. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldsmith honors. He graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Goldsmith trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Goldsmith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goldsmith's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Oncology, Brain tumors, Breast cancer, Head and neck cancer, Image guided radiation ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3581 Palmer Drive; Suite 303
Cameron Park, CA
(530) 672-1351

Dr. Franklin Banker's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the safe use of radiation to treat cancer. Usually, they will manage a patient’s entire radiation treatment, from the imaging that will guide decisions, to the choices about what kind of radiation therapy to use.

Radiation is one of the few substances that can kill cancer cells and even shrink tumors. It does this by damaging DNA. When DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, cells can no longer reproduce, and they stop growing and die. Cancer cells are more susceptible to radiation than healthy tissue, because they reproduce faster. So typically, cancer cells exposed to radiation will be affected faster than healthy cells will. However it’s still important to protect healthy tissue as much as possible.

There are three ways that radiation can be delivered to the body. It can come from outside the body, delivered by a machine in much the same way x-rays are taken. This is called external-beam radiation. Sometimes the radiation is delivered internally, which is called brachytherapy. Tiny pellets of radioactive material are placed directly onto the cancer, where they can release radiation for a period of time. Some cancers are best treated systemically, with radioactive substances that travel through the bloodstream. Radiation oncologists decide which type of radiation therapy is best, developing a treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the benefits of the radiation while minimizing the risk to any healthy tissue.

Radiation oncologists may work with other kinds of physicians, such as medical oncologists or surgeons, to treat their patients. Sometimes patients are anxious about radiation therapy because it sounds dangerous. But radiation therapy won’t turn you radioactive. It’s safe, and so effective against many different types of cancer that it is one of the most common cancer treatments. Depending on the treatment, it may not even have noticeable side effects.

Radiation oncologists can be important allies in your fight against cancer.