Dr. Reza Shirazi

Radiation Oncology
San Diego, CA
22 years experience male

Locations

CyberKnife Centers of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Address

5395 Ruffin Road, Suite 103, San Diego, CA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Shirazi serves on the board of directors of Genesis Healthcare Partners and Western Cancer Center and is currently the Regional Chairman for the American Cancer Society, San Diego County and and recognized as one of San Diego's Top Doctors by the San Diego Medical Society and San Diego Magazine 2010, 2014. He has several peer reviewed publications and presentations in National Scientific meetings and is an active member of the research arm of the Genesis Healthcare team. Dr. Shirazi holds a Medical doctorate and Masters degree from the Chicago Medical School and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California State University of Los Angeles and was recipient of the 1996 NASA & Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award.

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Doctor Q&A

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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
1st Lymph Node: First lymph node or group of nodes most likely to harbor cancer cells from a primary tumor.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Most likely not. The penetration of cell phone radiation is very limited and no meaningful dose delivered to thyroid unless phone is held for a very ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
A few minutes: 10-15 minutes on the machine, half of which is used to set the patient accurately in position. Radiation is given over a couple of minutes.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not alone: Taking the lining of the lung with the affected lung surgically, chemo biological agents, plus radiation gives the best chance of control.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes/No: Not when used in moderation. But avoid mega doses of antioxidanta. Also stop using vitamin E supplement. One multivitamin is ok to use.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
40-45 fractions: With modern day image guided radiation therapy (igrt), the dose is pushed to or above 81 gray. This is about 40-45 fractions. This is the next generat... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Positive margins: Positive surgical margins, meaning some disease is left behind. Radiation can be used to sterilize the field. Sometimes radiation is given to treat ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Removal of breast: Removal of breast tissue and some adjacent tissues depending on the type of mastectomy.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Hydrating ointments: Hydrating ointments natural like aloe or aquaphor is to name a couple.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Radiation is one of the tools we have to combat cervical cancer.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: We often use radiation in this setting for palliation of symptoms, like palliation of pain from a bone metastesis or to open up an airway etc.. The m... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Loosing voice can be due to direct invasion of the larynx (far from lung) or laryngeal nerve compression or damage ( recurrent laryngeal nerve in the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Rads, Gray (Gy): The gray (symbol: gy) is the si unit of absorbed radiation dose of ionizing radiation (for example, x-rays), and is defined as the absorption of one j... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Call your local american cancer society for more information and support, if in the usa. They can connect you with national or local organizations and... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: I assume you mean external beam radiation, the answer is yes for this.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Not recommended: Swimming is not recommended. The chemicals found in most pool water may irritate your skin. The alignment skin marks may also fade from soaking in wat... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
About 15 min: Generally, it takes about 5 minutes to position a patient for a treatment. The actual treatment itself may take another 1 or 2 minutes. In most cases,... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: But because of proximity to optic nerve can have adverse effect on vision if untreated.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Possible/ talk to MD: Taking steroids? Usually patients are on some dose of steroids this far along the treatments. The blood sugar levels can get ultered while on steroid... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
In area treated: You will lose hair only in the area that is being directly treated.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Usually not, they can cause irritation of urethra for a short period of time that can be discomforting.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Depends on dose/type: Depending on what disease is being treated, radiation is given in between 2 weeks to 7 weeks in standard fractionations. Near 7 weeks of radiation we... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Radiation treatment: Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-surgical treatment in which high doses of focused radiation beams are delivered from multiple locations outside the... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Most common form of radiation he is getting is external beam radiation, which is typically x-rays. It is only on when the patient is in the room. He... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Most likely not. Radiation put out by cell phones have very limited penetration. Pillow is thick enough to degrade the radiation (distance and shiel... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Jaundice, pain: Dark color urine ( like color of coke or pepsi), light color stool (gray), jaundice ( yellow skin and eyes), weight loss, change in bowel habits, cram... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
See another: Both chemo and radiation are very powerful treatments and need to be given under guidance of medical and radiation oncologist. But most of all you nee... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes/No: The side effects are different. Radiation side effects are local. It depends on the site being treated. For example, redness irritation of skin if b... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Fortunately this is not a comon or even a rare side efect. Undergoing breast cancer treatment can be depressive specially just after diagnosis.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Possibly not: There can be some thining of the hair in the treatment field of radiation. Thining of facial hair after head and neck radiation is a possibility same ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Not normal for the head to swell, but if you are getting radiation to your brain, there can be some swellling in the brain that is typically treated w... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Anabolic state: Goal is to keep the body in a healthy maintenance state. Not loosing weight is important. Helps immune system stay strong and not alter anatomy import... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
3-6 months later: Usually a baseline mammogram is obtained a couple of months after finishing radiation treatments. By then, most of the acute side effects of skin irr... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Radiation cystitis means irritation of bladder because of radiation. It is usually short lived and should resolve within a couple of weeks after radia... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Depends, margin/node: If all the tumor is removed (clear margin) and there is no lymph node involvement the odds are very good. This means early stage lung cancer. The ty... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Dose is tailored: platinum-based medication in treatment of squamous cell cancers after surgery, and often in addition to radiation is the drug of choice. Depending on ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Many options: There is typically many options for prostate cancer treatment. Determining factors are: age, other comorbidities/illnesses, biology of disease, psa, s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Many symptoms: Headache, nausea, vomiting, stroke like symptoms (weakness in extremities, inability to speak or read or write, visual loss), change in cognition( thi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Smoking/ Vit E: Mega dose of antioxidants, vitamin e, excess sun exposure to the treatment area, usually excessive alcohol or tobacco ( the more oxygen around, the mo... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Mammography can often be an unpleasant experience depending on the patient's breasts glandular consistency.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Probably yes: Depending on the stage of disease and treatments you will receive , chances are there will be some change in your sex life. Usually not for better, bu... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Several studies have shown being overweight adversely affects survival for postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Similarly, studies have shown tha... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Yes, saves lives: With all its imperfections, psa is still the best surrogate marker. There is next generation psa testing coming in the future. Screening alone, withou... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Uncontrolled growth: Cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells that has escaped normal mechanisms of control that exists in the body to control cell growth and repair damage ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on the type of tumor, extent of disease involvement, surgical margins, etc. Radiation can be used early as planned course or used later as ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Cancer out of Origin: Cancer has already gone out of pancreas. One of the typical places it likes to go to is the liver. Disease is now spread beyond the primary site.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Likely not cancer: Fortunately anal cancer in a young person like yourself is very rare.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Radiactive mat/ rays: Radioactive materials and cosmic rays. Ionizing radiation is ubiquitous in the environment, and comes from naturally occurring radioactive materials... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
No: Any thing is possible but location of a stroke does not typically lead to tumor. Stroke is where there is lack of blood supply to an area. Rumors typ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Children Hospital : You want her to be treated on clinical trials available on many major city children's hospitals. St jude's , or cincinnati children hospital are to n... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 16, 2012
Exceptionally skilled Radiation Oncologist.
Feb 27, 2013
Highest recommendation
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shirazi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Tnxs, appreciate this, son disabled, epilepsy, benign pea size tumer entire life,hospital to take out, hope no more medication, tumer above ear,small,how serious,surviva...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was a heavy drinker but for last 10 daz I have been without any liquor. Could this be causing discolored urine?
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Thank you. I have been told by many people & family that its very rare for someone my age to get oral cancer but the risk is still there.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
Graduated 2001MD

Awards

RSNA 2006 Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award.
Top Doc San Diego 2010, 2014
Top Radiation Oncologist , Third Place, California - Summer
2013

Affiliations

ASTRO, ASCO, ACRO, ACS
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