We found 5 providers matching stereotactic radiosurgery and who accept Blue Shield of California near Castro Valley, CA.

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Dr. Lawrence David Dickinson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
20055 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 110
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Dickinson is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Castro Valley, CA and Danville, CA. Dr. Dickinson has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Dickinson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Dickinson attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Artificial Disc Replacement, Endoscopic Surgery, Cervical Artificial ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Richard Forrest, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20400 Lake Chabot Road; #102
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Michael Forrest works as a radiation oncologist. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Forrest's clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Forrest is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Forrest offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.

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Relevant Interests: , stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edie E Zusman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
20055 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 110
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Edie Zusman is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in gamma knife radiosurgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Zusman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Zusman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Zusman attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery

All Interests: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Neurosurgery

Dr. Gautam Prasad, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
13847 E. 14th Street; #217
San Leandro, CA
 

Dr. Gautam Prasad is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Prasad's clinical interests include radiation therapy. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He trained at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion for residency. Dr. Prasad's professional affiliations include Washington Hospital Healthcare System, St. Rose Hospital, and Eden Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20400 Lake Chabot Road; Stuite 102
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva's specialty is radiation oncology. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sachdeva include radiation therapy. Dr. Sachdeva has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sachdeva takes. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. Dr. Sachdeva is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Sachdeva is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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What is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a type of radiation therapy used in the treatment of tumors, cancers, and other conditions. It uses precise beams to attack the DNA of affected cells in particular areas of the body, limiting the area that is exposed to radiation so that healthy cells can be avoided. With their DNA damaged, the diseased cells are unable to reproduce, and they shrink over time. Despite its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is nonsurgical: radiation beams are delivered from outside of the body, and no incisions are required. SRS can be done on the brain (cranial radiosurgery), the spine (spinal radiosurgery), and other areas of the body (stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT).

SRS can be used alone or as a supplement to other treatments. Because it minimizes damage to healthy tissue, it is preferred over less specific radiation therapies when possible, such as conventional external beam radiation (EBRT), especially in sensitive regions like the brain. Whereas conventional EBRT would target the whole brain, cranial SRS could be performed with greater specificity, making it suitable for smaller tumors and those in difficult-to-reach locations.

In determining your treatment plan, your doctors will also need to consider the urgency of your condition. Radiation therapies take time before they are effective. Depending on what is being treated, it may be weeks (arteriovenous malformations, or tangled blood vessels), months (cancerous, or malignant, tumors), or even years (non-cancerous, or benign, tumors) before you experience the benefits from SRS. For situations that require more immediate care, open surgery may be the first option. SRS might then be performed to eliminate any remaining diseased cells.

SRS machines typically differ based on the type of beams they deliver. Two common brands of machines include the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife.

  • Gamma Knife machines are usually used to deliver gamma rays to small brain tumors and other brain lesions, although they can also target the neck and head. Gamma Knife radiosurgery requires that you wear a large head frame during treatment. Treatment is completed in a single session, and multiple areas can be targeted in one sitting.
  • CyberKnife radiosurgery can deliver X-rays to any part of the body, using a robotic arm, which allows this technique to accommodate for tumor or patient movement, such as breathing. You will receive your treatment lying down while the system moves around you. Treatment may occur in single or multiple sessions.

Cranial and spinal radiosurgery are usually completed in a single treatment session, while SBRT tends to require multiple. Each session can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the type of treatment and the target location. You may return home the same day that you receive your treatment and resume normal activities within 2-3 days.

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