We found 6 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 sees patients in Castro Valley, CA and Danville, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Dickinson attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Dickinson average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Dickinson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery

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

Dr. Rakesh R Patel, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20126 Stanton Avenue
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Rakesh Patel sees patients in Pleasanton, CA, Los Gatos, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. In his practice, Dr. Patel focuses on radiation therapy and prostate cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Patel is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital, Eden Medical Center, and St. Rose Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

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

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

Dr. Michael Forrest practices radiation oncology. Dr. Forrest has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and John Muir Physician Network. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Forrest is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Forrest's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He 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 Pratt, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
20055 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 110
Castro Valley, CA
 

Dr. Edie Zusman is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Her areas of expertise include gamma knife radiosurgery and neurosurgery. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zusman accepts. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Zusman attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Eden Medical Center and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Zusman is accepting new patients.

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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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Washington Hospital Healthcare System, St. Rose Hospital, and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Prasad studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Prasad has an open panel.

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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 medical specialty is radiation oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Sachdeva is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass radiation therapy. Dr. Sachdeva is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. Dr. Sachdeva's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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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