We found 5 providers matching radiation therapy and who accept Blue Shield of California near Vista, CA.

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

Dr. Kenneth Shimizu is a specialist in radiation oncology. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Shimizu takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Shimizu is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 39
  • Uninsured Cost: $160
  • Medicare Cost: $152
Dr. Eva K Lean, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Eva Lean's area of specialization is radiation oncology. She is especially interested in radiation therapy. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lean honors. She studied medicine at Medical University of Gdansk. Dr. Lean trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for her residency. She speaks Polish. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 142
  • Uninsured Cost: $311 - $3,791
  • Medicare Cost: $156 - $3,791
Dr. Anuradha Koka, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Anuradha Koka is a radiation oncology specialist in Vista, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Koka average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Koka include radiation therapy. Dr. Koka is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koka accepts. She is accepting new patients. 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. She speaks Telugu.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 107
  • Uninsured Cost: $616 - $3,791
  • Medicare Cost: $155 - $3,791
Dr. Norbert Kased, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
902 Sycamore Avenue
Vista, CA
 

Dr. Norbert Kased is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Vista, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. His areas of expertise include radiation therapy and imaging procedures. Dr. Kased's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Kased's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 specialist in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Linson include radiation therapy. Patients gave Dr. Linson an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Linson's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Radiation Therapy

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 244
  • Uninsured Cost: $382 - $3,791
  • Medicare Cost: $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.