Dr. Mitchell Kamrava

Radiation Oncology
Los Angeles, CA
18 years experience

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Los Angeles, CA

Address

200 UCLA Medical Plaza Suite #B265, Los Angeles, CA
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Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
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Bio

Dr. Mitchell Kamrava graduated from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical School during which time he spent a year as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar conducting research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University Hospital followed by his residency in radiation oncology at the NCI, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Kamrava joined the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Radiation Oncology Department as a brachytherapy fellow in 2010. He joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology specializing in Brachytherapy on July 1st, 2011. He served as the founding chair of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Resident’s Committee as well as received multiple awards including: the Roentgen Resident Research Award, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, the ACRO Howard H. Wong Scholarship, the UCSD Samuel B. Hamburger Memorial Thesis Award, the UCSD Goodhead Service.

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Radiation Oncology

Languages spoken

English

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104 Answers
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Active surveillance: For low risk prostate cancer i think it is also very important to mention the option of active surveillance as an option as well.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
About 50K: According to the american cancer society statistics from 2011 estimates about 101, 000 new cases of colon cancer in the United States and about 49, 00... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
It depends: It really depends on the clinical scenario but often times one of the more common presenting symptoms of recurrent endometrial cancer is vaginal bleed... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Pelvic examination: Since you are having a pap smear you are also getting a pelvic examination. These two things are standard measures to evaluate for the health of your... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Short acting radiat: Brachytherapy (brachy = short acting) refers to a type of radiation where the radioactive sources are placed either directly in and around tissues or ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Many things: We have many medicines and approaches to managing pain. The best approach for you will depend on the type of pain you have and its severity. There i... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: A large part of the practice of radiation therapy includes what we called palliative treatments. These are treatments that are not intended to cure t... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Pediatric cases: Protons have a unique feature that allows the majority of its dose to be delivered within a very small range. So it can be useful if you have a tumor... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Depends on your path: You should discuss your pathology with your doctor. There are different types of ovarian cancer including: borderline tumors (tumors of low malignany... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Inhibits division: Taxol (paclitaxel) is a chemotherapy drug that inhibits microtubules. This ends up inhibiting cell replication thereby making it difficult for cancer... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Pap smear: This can be performed by you gynecologist or sometimes your primary care physician. It is done as part of the pelvic examination. A swab is brush in... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Related to spread: Metastatic refers to a cancer that has spread from the original site that it originated from to a more distant site in the body. For example, if a wo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
~35-40K cases/yr: There are about 35-40, 000 oral and pharynx cancers per year in the United States.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
No: Cervical cancer refers to a tumor that is originating from the cervix whereas cervicitis refers to inflammation of the cervix.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes and No: It is critical to have a yearly physical examination that includes a pelvic exam with your doctor. Cervical cancer is screened for by something calle... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Depends: Gamma knife is a type of very precise radiation that can deliver very high doses of radiation to small confined targets. It dose not require any surg... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
It's possible: If you are having blood in your urine it is important to see your doctor as soon as you can to be evaluated. It is possible for cervical cancer to ca... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
It's possible: The side effects of radiation are dependent on the area of the body that is being treated. It is possible that radiation could cause some bleeding lo... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Not really: I'm not sure what you mean by focal (brachytherapy?) but with either external beam radiation or brachytherapy men do not routinely have their blood ch... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
A couple common ones: Most women present with a single raised area or mass on the labia majora. The labia minora, perineum, and clitoris are less frequently involved. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Usually vague: Symptoms are vague and ill defined especially for early stages. However, some symptoms that may be associated with ovarian cancer include: bloating, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Radiation can be a very effective palliative treatment. It can be used on any site in the body. Whether radiation is appropriate for any given parti... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
It depends on risk: Brachytherapy with radioactive seeds or with high dose rate (hdr) brachytherapy can be used for low, intermediate, and high risk patients. Most peopl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Radiation can be used in a palliative setting when disease has spread from the lungs to the brain. Depending on the clinical situation you may be a c... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Urinary, bowel: The exact side effect profile will depend on the type of radiation treatment you are getting (external beam to the prostate, external beam to the pros... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: While there is no formal fellowship for pediatric radiation oncology there are people who have a focus in treating pediatric patients. These physicia... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
A lot: The updated long term results of rtog 9410 were published in 2011 in the journal of the national cancer institute. This study examined different regi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
No: Radiation therapy is essentially a high energy x-ray. So just like getting a ct scan is not painful getting radiation therapy is also not painful.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Radiation can be used to treat keloids. It is most commonly done right after (i.e. The same day) as the surgical removal of the keloid.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: The median age for a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer is about 60 years old.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
not too bad: The majority of men do very well with radiation. During treatment there can be some fatigue, urinary changes and possibly some loose stools. Late te... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Depends on staging: Your treatment options depend on whether there is still persistent cancer in the prostate or whether it is thought to have spread beyond the prostate.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
3 main kinds: Pleural (most common) - arrises in the lining of the lungs peritoneal - arrises in the lining of the abdomen pericardial - arrises in the lining of th... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Depends: It depends on the specifics of each individual's tumor but radiation using an eye plaque is often used to treat iris tumors.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Extent of disease: One possibility is related to the extent of the patient's disease. While most women are diagnosed with early stage disease some women have more advanc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Although radiation is most commonly used to treat cancer it is sometimes used to treat benign tumors such as acoustic neuromas, pituitary adenomas, an... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Possibly: I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to by radiation prostatitis but if you are referring to increased urinary urgency and frequency then yes t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Can save your life: According to the cdc, the number of people dying from colorectal cancer is declining by about 3% a year. About half of the lives saved are thought to... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
60s: The average age at the time of diagnosis for sporadic (as opposed to familial) colon cancer is about 63 years old.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
It came back: Recurrent refers to a tumor that had gone away but then comes back.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
About 20K per year: In the United States there are about 20, 000 new cases of ovarian cancer per year.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Not standardly: Chemotherapy alone is not a standard first treatment option for oral cancer. The standard options include surgery or radiation.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Two types: Usually having a gynecological oncologist and a medical oncologist is best in managing ovarian cancer.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Treatment for rectal cancer depends on the stage of the disease. It involves surgery and sometimes chemotherapy and/or radiation. Rectal cancer can ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
~13,000 cases/yr: In the United States in 2011 about 12, 710 new cases of invasive cervical cancer and 4290 cancer-related deaths are expected.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
It depends: This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on where the cancer is in the brain and how extensive it is. Different parts of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: The exact treatment and chances of cure are dependent on the stage of the person's penile cancer. Earlier stages are more likely curable than later s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Usually a lesion: Most commonly patients present with a single vulvar lesion (nodular or warty) on the labia majora. Sometimes the lesion can be itchy. Less commonly ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Pap smears: It is vital that women get regular pelvic examinations and pap smears to help find cervical cancer early. The cervical cancer vaccine is an option no... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Very low chance: It is possible for radiation therapy for one cancer to lead to a second cancer however this risk is about 5 excess cancers per 1000 patients treated b... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kamrava is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kamrava is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was VERY helpful … Thank You! Have honestly been looking since’04
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UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2005MD

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