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Dr. Francine Erna Halberg, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1350 S Eliseo Drive; #100
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Francine Halberg is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Marin General Hospital. Dr. Halberg honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and more. She is accepting new patients. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Halberg has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors; Best Doctor in America, Woodward & White; and Who's Who in North America, one of the Top Doctors in the country.

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Dr. Lloyd Tomoaki Miyawaki, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1350 S Eliseo Drive; Suite 100
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Lloyd Miyawaki's specialty is radiation oncology. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miyawaki honors. Dr. Miyawaki is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Miyawaki completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine.

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Dr. Joseph Charles Poen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1350 S Eliseo Drive; #100
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Poen specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Poen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; Stanford University Henry S. Kaplan Memorial Prize for Teaching; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
159 Saint Thomas Way
Tiburon, CA
 

Dr. Harvey Gilbert is a radiation oncologist. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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