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Dr. Reza Shirazi

Radiation Oncology
San Diego, CA
21 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

Wednesday: 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

240 Answers
889 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
See your doctor: If the pain has been there for a couple of weeks and not associated with cold, injury etc. I would start with your primary care doctor who will make a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Image reader: Radiographic reader mri and x-rays are radiographic images, so i assume you call the apparatus, radiographic reader. Radiologists are physicians tha... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 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
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Outlook can be good: Eventhough stage iv, meenng metastatic disease, is not curable; the outlook can be good since there are good chemotherapy for this disease as well as ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Bowel & bladder :(: Fatigue(alleviated by rest), transient bowel and bladder irritation it is a common side effect. One may urinate or desiccate more frequently and may h... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Female organ cancer: Gynecologist oncologist treats female related cancers in genetalia, female pelvic area like vagina, uterus, ovaries etc. She/ he performs surgery and... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Primary Care: I would start with, your primary care physician. Cancer screening and alleviating some more most of your concerns may be best addressed by discussing ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Diet, dehydration: Your diet can significantly affect the smell of your urine. Dehydration can cause your body to retain fluids so you don't get lightheaded and dizzy a... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Most likely Cyst: Cancer much less likely. As you know nothing in life is 100%. The most likely diagnosis based on what is described is cyst. Depending on simple vs. C... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Stop smoking: First of all, sorry for your loss. As you probably know yourself, and others have told you, the best thing you can do for your health is to quit smok... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
It depends; : It depends for what we are looking for, and best allow your doctor to help you with this decision. Based on the question, brain lesion or damage if i... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Hat better option: Your hair can get greasy and wearing sunscreen may be a less desirable option of protecting your skin. Wearing a hat probably a better option, especia... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Pet/Ct or f/u Ct: Follow up of the ct scan or pet ct scan at this time maybe helpful to see if there is worrisome characteristics in mediastinal lymph nodes. If the lym... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Use social support : Talking to support groups and tapping into family and social support has been helpful to many of my patients in your shoes. American cancer society c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
American cancer soc: American cancer society as well as other organizations have nice programs to support and supplement your efforts. Contact your local chapter.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Oxygen: Talk to pulmonologist. If patient short if breath at rest in sitting position, he/she may need oxygen. Start with primary care and pulmonologist eval... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Different for each: Unfortunately pancreatic cancer can be very painful. Each person responds differently and no one solution for everyone. Use of narcotics is usually th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
No direct Correlatio: I am not aware of a direct correlation between breast cancer, and lung cancer.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Pet/ct, biopsy: See my answer to the similar topic. You can start with a noninvasive pet/ct to see if there is any increased metabolic uptake in the lymph nodes. If b... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Not by itself: metastatic cancer to liver can cause liver dysfunction. Typically liver function tests become abnormal. Depending on the location it can cause pressur... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Low: It is best not to smoke again, and limit your second hand smoking exposure.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Hemorrhoid is likely: Given your age and infrequency of the symptoms hemorrhoid is the more likely cause. Keep your bowel movements soft using stool softeners or fiber in y... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Months: Stage 4 means advanced metastatic disease. Disease has spread beyound the primary site. Lung cancer being the more common and with worse prognosis bet... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Yes, depends : Yes is the short answer. It does not provide pathology. Usually in early stage disease by itself or in combination with other radiation modalities i... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Removal both breasts: Removal of both breasts.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
It depends on type: Treatment is different depending on the the type of brain tumor. Benign brain tumors like meningioma may be treated surgically or by radiosurgery or ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Transient worsening: If pelvic organs are in the field ( example, vagina) one may experience transient worsening of symptoms during and a couple of weeks after. Depending... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
No: Radiation is not used to control or improve irritation/ inflammation or infection. Just the opposite, when radiation is used typically to treat cancer... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Kill cancer by Rads: Use of high energy x-ray typically ( protons, gamma rays etc to name a few other) to cause irreparable damage to a target tumor to destroy the tumor w... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
By a biopsy: Pathology from a biopsy.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Noninvasive: Advantage: noninvasive disadvantage: it can take several months for it to work, several sessions, risk of causing a cancer, etc. Depending on the si... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Www.cancer.org: American cancer society is a good start. You can search for them on the web. They can provide you with good information about support groups in your a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Starve cancer cells: It is used to suppress testosterone (male hormone) that feeds cancer cells.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Suppress testosteron: You are right, estrogen is a female hormone and is used to suppress production of the male hormone (testosterone) and has negative effect on prostate ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Medication: Your oncologist will put you on prophylactic medication to counter some of the possible side effects from treatment. For example anti nausea med for n... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Most common: It is the most common male cancer in the United States, excluding skin cancer. There is approximately 200, 000 new cases per year diagnosed. But fortu... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Mamogram/ultrasound: Mammogram is typically the first study followed by an ultrasound. If there is any worrisome findings one will undergo image guided biopsy. In some in... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Open or robotic: Open prostatectomy: longest track record, more blood loss, more hospital stay, laparoscopic or robotic ( da vinci): minimally invasive, less track r... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
CA-125 , ultrasound: Routine screening is not recommended on people with average risk. Family history is a strong risk factor. In these patients ca-125 (it is a tumor mar... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Uncontrolled growth: Uncontrolled cell growth in the breast typically of ductal or lobular origin.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Early stages: When there is no distant metastasis and minimal/ no involvement of major vessels within the region of pancreatic bed.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Need more info: Depends on the kind of cancer, need more info. Stopping smoking is very beneficial not only in decreasing cancer risk but also in decreasing risk of ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Treats cancer: A doctor of medicine that treats/ studies cancer patients. There are usually 3 types of doctors that are intimately involved in treating cancer patien... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
No, But: Cancer is not a infectious etiology ( bacterial or viral). It is uncontrolled cell growth that has escaped normal mechanisms of control. But the ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: tumor type: Treatment is different depending on the the type of brain tumor. Benign brain tumors like meningioma may be treated surgically or by radiosurgery or a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Almost always: Clinical trials is almost always a good idea. Pancreatic cancer unfortunately is usually diagnosed in late stages when patients are not operable. Rece... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
No: No, radiation is not usually used as a prevention tool.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Brain mets: Lung cancer likes to spread to other organs, one of which it usually like to go to is brain. Radiation is often used to treat the brain mets since che... Read More

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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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