Dr. Martin Rubenstein

Hematology and Oncology
Campbell, CA
47 years experience

Locations

Office

Campbell, CA

Address

50 E. Hamilton Ave. Suite 200, Campbell, CA
Directions

Practice website

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

462 Answers
80 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Skin & other sites.: Squamous refers to the type of cancer as determined by microscopic appearance. They are common in the skin. The other sites are often smoking relate... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes, usually.: Taste buds are very sensitive to injury from radiation therapy. The degree of damage depends upon the dose of radiation, which differs for various ki... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
It injures your body: Radiation therapy kills cancer cell but can also damage the normal structures of the body. Most people getting radiation complain of fatigue. What o... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Hair loss will start about 2 weeks into radiation treatment. It occurs because the treatment damages the hair follicles. Hair grow will usually begi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
None.: Most often there are no symptoms. Most prostate related symptoms such as slow urination are from benign prostate conditions.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Testosterone: Although women to have a higher incidence of iron deficiency because of menstruation and pregnancies, that is actually not the reason for the lower l... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends: Side effects vary depending on what treatment you will get, what disease is being treated and how well you feel going into treatment. There is a lot ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: MDS is caused by an acquired defect in the bone marrow cells that make blood. It is not a deficiency problem. There is no dietary supplement that wi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Can be: Radiation therapy is a treatment used for treating cancer. In some circumstances, such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate or breast cancer, its use in c... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Safety.: If anemia is severe, whatever the cause, blood transfusion may be necessary and even life saving. Whenever possible, the underlying cause of the anem... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Low red blood count: Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the world. It almost always is caused by bleeding. It is very common in menstruating women and... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
4,000 - 10,000: This is somewhat dependent on ethnicity. The normal range for caucasions is 4, 000 - 10, 000/ cubic millimeter. People of color (blacks and asians) ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends on cause.: Wbcs destroyed by the immune system would be autoimmune neutropenia. Wbcs low from an enlarged spleen would be hypersplenism. Sometimes WBC is low d... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Hemoglobinopathy: Patients with sickle cell anemia make an abnormal hemoglobin (hgb.). Normal HGB consists of paired protein chains (globin) and an iron containing par... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends.: Improving a low WBC would depend on the cause. The WBC is controlled by a hormone (g-csf) normally, and this is available as a medication that can be... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Probably not.: Tissue banks will charge you money to store the cord blood cells of your baby. These cells include stem cells that could be used as a source for bone... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends.: In a molar pregnancy the placenta doesn't form properly and instead forms a tumor. It can be benign (lydatidiform mole) or malignant (choriocarcinoma... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not usually.: By definition a benign tumor is not aggressive, slow growing, will not spread to other sites, but could cause harm to surrounding tissues. So a beni... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Unproven.: Curcumin may have activity against myeloma in experimental systems, but tests in humans are not convincing. For what it is worth, I have only 1 patie... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Fetal red cells are larger, and with extra surface area to volume and therefore a bit more resistant to osmotic injury than adult red cells.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends.: Mch is the hemoglobin amount in a single red cell. Mchc is the concentration of hemoglobin in a single red cell, low MCH but high MCHC says the red ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Metformin is not linked to any kind of cancer risk.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Possible.: Anemia can make people lightheaded. Actually losing consciousness would be very unusual unless the anemia was severe and the person did something rea... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Once: If the surgery is more than a few weeks away, once a day is enough. The most i would prescribe is three a day, usually for much lower hemoglobins.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: A muscle cut for surgery and then repaired is not going to be as strong as one never operated upon. So, with pregnancy the area of the incision could... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Swelling of the gums and soft tissue around an infected tooth is common. If there is a lot of inflammation, or the infection is not treated, the lymp... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Iron deficiency does not usually make people hungry, but it can influence dietary choices. People with iron deficiency often chew on ice and other cr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Degree.: A mutation usually refers to a change in a gene changing its function. A chromosomal abnormality usually means a gross change to a chromosome like a ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Blood letting.: There are different types of polycythemia. What they have in common is an elevated number of red blood cells. If too many, this can cause serious co... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Plasmapheresis removes all the clotting proteins, including factor viii, but the body rapidly replaces what is taken out. Usually all proteins are ba... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
It depends.: The risk of relapse depends on a number of factors, such as whether the patient is in remission, the type of leukemia, and pre-transplant prognostic f... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not inherited: CML is associated with chromosome damage (the philadelphia chromosome). This is not inherited. The damage is to bone morrow stem cells and occurs lon... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
It varies.: Bowel cancer symptoms depend on the location and size of the tumor. If it obstructs, the symptoms include stomach cramps and vomiting. If it bleeds,... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Blood cells are made in the bone marrow. An aspiration (and biopsy) is usually done to understand why there is a blood cell problem, or to stage a kn... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
It depends: Survival in myeloma depends on a number of factors. First, is stage. Second is chromosomal abnormalities. Some have a good prognosis, others not so... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Treatment starts with local therapy in the breast, with either lumpectormy followed by radiation therapy or mastectomy. From the information obtained... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Usually not.: Tsh controls how the thyroid makes thyroid hormones. Tsh levels change in response to hormone levels. Thyroid cancers don't make thyroid hormones, s... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Autologous stem cells transplants (from yourself as donor when in near remission) result in improved progression free survival and probably overall su... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Test interference: Ch50 is a way of measuring "total hemolytic complement." completment is a substance in blood that destroys bacteria and other foreign invaders when tr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends on diagnosis: Pancytopenia is a descriptive diagnosis, that says a patient has low levels of red cells, white cell, and platelets. It doesn't indicate the cause, w... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes: Two ways. First, some diabetics develop "anemia of chronic disorders", an anemia caused by release of a hormone called hepcidin. Second, the hormone... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Reactive nodes: Non-cancerous enlarged lymph nodes are usually reactive. This can be in response to infections, especially viral infections such as mono, inflammator... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not usually: With any type of radiation, the risk of side effects depends on the dose and body part being irradiated. Gamma knife is a technique that delivers a h... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Usually before.: Sentinel lymph node biopsy is usually done at the time of lumpectomy for breast cancer. The information gained is used in the decision making as to w... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
In name only.: Sarcomas are tumors arising from connective tissue, such as muscle, bone, and fat cells. Uterine sarcoma starts in the connective tissue derived cell... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
From a gland: Adenocarcinomas arise from glandular or secretory tissues. They are the common type of tumors (as opposed to sarcomas, from connective tissue) and in... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: The red color is indeed from the hemoglobin in red cells. The yellow color of the plasma is from the proteins contained in plasma. How red the bloo... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Iron deficiency from heavy menstrual bleeding is the most common cause of anemia. The anemia isn't the cause of the bleeding. It's the other way aro... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Don't know.: The drug is or was marketed under the name valdure in mexico. You should understand that Bextra and vioxx were removed from the market in the us and ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

3
Recommendations
673
Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Rubenstein is a very good doctor. He answers questions in a very clear and easy to understand manner. I highly recommend him.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. Maybe, he will screen for carbohydrate Ag 19-9. Not diagnostic test but has its use. I'll be joyful for a <37U/ml score. Greatly appreciated!!
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you much for the reply. I was worried about this. Since just having the surgery...guess the only good thing is knowing its not cancer
HealthTap member
Thank you my grandmother is actually a celiac I have had some tests done but they were negative perhaps it's work getting a biopsy done.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa. Best Doctors in America
Top Oncologist and Hematologist , First Place, California - Winter
2013
Top Oncologist and Hematologist , Second Place, California - Summer
2013
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less