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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 radiation oncology specialist in Greenbrae, CA. Before completing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Halberg attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Halberg is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital (MGH). Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Lloyd Miyawaki specializes in radiation oncology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miyawaki takes. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Miyawaki has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Miyawaki is affiliated with Marin General Hospital (MGH). He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Joseph Poen is a radiation oncologist in Greenbrae, CA. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage. Dr. Poen has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; Stanford University Henry S. Kaplan Memorial Prize for Teaching; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital (MGH). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Poen's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
159 Saint Thomas Way
Tiburon, CA
 

Dr. Harvey Gilbert practices radiation oncology in Belvedere Tiburon, CA. Dr. Gilbert graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He takes 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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