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Dr. Kenneth Takeshi Shimizu, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Shimizu's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shimizu include radiation therapy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Shimizu performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Shimizu has an open panel.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 39
  • Charge (avg.): $160
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $152
Dr. Eva K Lean, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Eva Lean works as a radiation oncologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lean include radiation therapy. Dr. Lean is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lean accepts. Dr. Lean is open to new patients. She attended Medical University of Gdansk for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. She is conversant in Polish.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 142
  • Charge (avg.): $311 - $3,791
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $156 - $3,791
Dr. Anuradha Koka, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Anuradha Koka specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Vista, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. She attended St. George's, University of London and the University College London (UCL) Medical School and subsequently trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. Dr. Koka's clinical interests include radiation therapy. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. She speaks Telugu. Dr. Koka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Koka welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 107
  • Charge (avg.): $616 - $3,791
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $155 - $3,791
Dr. Norbert Kased, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Norbert Kased is a radiation oncology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Kased focuses on radiation therapy and imaging procedures. Dr. Kased honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kased's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Kased has an open panel.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy, Imaging Procedures

Dr. Patrick W Linson, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Linson is a radiation oncologist. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Linson has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Linson is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 244
  • Charge (avg.): $382 - $3,791
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $158 - $3,791

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What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses high energy rays to treat tumors or cancer. Radiation damages the DNA of cancer cells, killing them or making it impossible for them to divide and for cancer to spread. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with surgery or other treatments, such as chemotherapy. It is an option for tumors that cannot be easily accessed surgically, such as those at the base of the skull, and it can be used following surgical cancer treatment to remove remaining cancerous tissue and prevent recurrence of cancer. Sometimes radiation therapy is used as a palliative treatment to shrink tumors. Rather than cure your condition, palliative treatments treat symptoms, such as pain caused by spinal tumors and problems with eating or drinking caused by esophageal tumors.

The type of therapy you receive will depend on the size, type, and location of your tumor or cancer, as well as the sensitivity of the surrounding healthy tissue, your age, and your medical history. Radiation treatment may be delivered in two ways:

  • Internally, meaning radioactive material is placed inside of your body. Brachytherapy is a commonly used method of internal radiation therapy. Using catheters or needles, radioactive seeds or pellets are placed inside the body, and over the course of several weeks or a few months, the seeds will deliver radiation. Permanent brachytherapy leaves the seeds in your body permanently without causing side effects while temporary brachytherapy removes them after a treatment session.
  • Externally, using a machine that aims radiation beams outside of your body. External radiation therapy is also known as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). There are several types of EBRT, which differ in intensity and type of beams used. EBRT can be done before surgery (preoperatively), during surgery (intraoperatively), or after surgery (post-operatively).

Before you undergo radiation therapy, a team of medical professionals, including a radiation oncologist, will work with you to determine a treatment plan. This will involve mapping the area around the tumor or cancer, determining proper positioning for treatment delivery, and determining dosage. Treatment delivery will occur in sessions over the course of several weeks or months, depending on the type and size of cancer and its location in the body, among other factors.

Although radiation therapy aims to target only cancerous cells, damage to normal healthy cells may occur. You might experience side effects from radiation during treatment or in the months and years following it. They are dependent on the areas treated and may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin irritation, hair loss, memory loss, and infertility. Your oncologist will take into account the amount of radiation that different areas of your body can receive safely while determining your treatment plan.

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