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Dr. Donald Blake Fuller, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
701 E Grand Avenue; #100
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Donald Fuller's specialty is radiation oncology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Fuller's clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fuller is open to new patients. After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at LDS Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Damon E Smith, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
701 E Grand Avenue; Suite 200
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Damon Smith's specialty is radiation oncology. He is especially interested in radiation therapy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Reza Shirazi, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
701 E Grand Avenue; Suite 200
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Reza Shirazi practices radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shirazi include radiation therapy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Shirazi has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
555 E Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA
 

Dr. Lori Coleman is a radiation oncologist in Escondido, CA. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Coleman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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.
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