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Dr. Daniel Carl Schiffner M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Schiffner practices radiation oncology in Palo Alto, CA and Sunnyvale, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schiffner include radiation therapy. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Schiffner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. Dr. Schiffner speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Pauling Chang MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 4.7 stars (67 ratings)
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Pauling Chang works as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Chang speaks Mandarin. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chang graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Robert Lundahl MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 4.8 stars (78 ratings)
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lundahl is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Lundahl's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lundahl trained at Mayo Clinic. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Robert Niteen Sinha MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Robert Sinha is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Sinha (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Sinha attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Sinha is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Al V. Taira MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Al Taira specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Taira takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Taira is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network.

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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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