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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar

Radiation Oncology
Opelousas, LA
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Lafayette

Address

1101 S College Suite 105, Lafayette
Directions

About

Bio

I grew up in Missouri and went to the Missouri State and Univ of Missouri. I had honors and awards in Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Radiation Oncology. My residency was completed at Univ of Texas Medical Branch where the majority of professors were from MD anderson and Joint Center (Harvard). I passed boards and practiced in Louisiana ever since. As director of my department I introduced every new advancement in Radiation Oncology including HDR brachytherapy, IMRT, IGRT, Cyberknife Radiosurgery and excelled at Prostate Brachytherapy with seeds. Being good with your hands, visual spatial concepts and detailed abillities allowed me to see and treat over 1300 patients with seed brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Radiation is used in many cancers with the majority of cancers I treat now consisting of breast, lung and rectal.

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Licenses

United States: Louisiana

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

309 Answers
69 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Similar Symptoms: Both the fissure and rectal cancer are in the rectum and can cause pain, bleeding, frequent bowel movements. Since the symptoms can be similar, a per... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Darker is protective: Skin cancer is 20 times more likely in whites versus black skin. The darker the inherent color of the skin the less likely to get skin cancer. This ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
None: Sharks don't get cancer so various sources sold shark cartilage in a pill. How this was to treat cancer or prevent it has no merit or obvious reasoni... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: It has been done but really no surgeon wants to do it because there will be too many problems and it's difficult because of the scarring and loss of t... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: There is a possibility that if the ova or sperm are exposed to radiation then genetic changes can occur. Patients are told to wait 6 months before ge... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Stage 4: End stage means the cancer is advanced and has spread. All treatments have been exhausted and or any other treatment is not felt to be beneficial to ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Chemo before surgery: When chemotherapy is given before surgery it's called neoadjuvant. When chemo or radiation is given in addition to and after surgery it's called adju... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Depends: In different areas not treated before you can get radiation. In the same area depends in the size of the fields and doses previously used as well as ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: There is no magic medicine or supplement. Though anti oxidant supplements have become big business. Adopt common sense advice by not drinking alcohol... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Cancer treatment can lower white counts and therefore the immune response to bacteria. Bacteria is everywhere and ready to penetrate our natural barr... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Several sites: The hypopharynx, base of tongue, larynx, tonsils, epiglottis, piriform sinus, aryepiglotic fold, and supra glottic larynx.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: The chance is about 1% and treatment is hysterectomy. With such a low chance then tamoxifen is worth the risk. A gynecologist needs to keep track of t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into can... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Treatment with radiation towards the pelvis may have effects on the bowel. If diarrhea develops we suggest a low fiber diet. If a patient becomes fa... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes : High grade dysplasia can. Low grade can become high grade but may also go away. Continue pap smears and gynecologist's recommendations.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes : There could be bleeding or spotting of blood. There can also be superimposed infections with bacteria or fungus giving yellowish or white discharge an... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: There is no evidence that using the computer will cause cancer. A computer does not emit any radiation or toxic substance. You may get eye strain or... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: We can not take unnecessary radiation as it has it's risk and would give no benefit. However we all get very very low amounts of radiation from the ea... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Spread to the brain : Lung cancer often spreads to the brain. So either it has already been seen on scans of the brain and is being treated or in small cell lung cancer we... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Unlike chemotherapy that has different drugs for different cancers, radiation is ionizing xrays that disrupt the dna. Therefore it is not cancer spec... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
If you have fatigue: Its common for radiation departments to tell patients to eat higher protein diets. However many patients are not malnourished or have any fatigue. I... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Possibly.: Radiation can injure the lung tissue. Therefore since COPD is already an injury they can be additive. The radiation doctor needs to know values for ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: The doctor who gave this treatment should be able to tell you. If the dose is less than 600 centigray to the ovary, then the ovaries should be okay. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Mostly go away: Side effects will usually improve and go away. However minor liveable changes may be permanent. Often patients may say they are not 100% back to nor... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: If you are asking you probably feel like it and have the energy. Do not push yourself and listen to your body. If the treatment leaves you feeling no... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Possibly: One example may be if the treatments cause diarrhea we suggest a low fiber diet and have it in written format that lists what to eat and avoid to help... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Those that have resection still likely need radiation and chemotherapy. Those that are not resectable can also benefit. The outcome may not cause ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Fortunately this is less likely than in prostatectomy which can sever the nerves and harder to treat. With radiation the nerves may weaken but there ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Depending in where and how the radiation is done, skin reactions that are like a sunburn can happen. We have creams and lotions to treat these change... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Linear Accelerator: Ray gun. I like that. Electrons are accelerated towards tungsten and the braking (slowing down of these when they hit) creates the x-rays. Different... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Not always: This depends on if you can see or feel the cancer physically or your doctor sees the tumor on setup x-rays. In these cases you could see the tumor shr... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
It might: Depends on why you are tired now. It can be additive if the radiation causes tiredness. But getting fatigue does not happen to every patient that get... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: It can not replace radiation. But meditation can make you relax and feel better. A positive attitude and feeling better are important in tolerating a... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: In small cancers with no spread standard radiation and radiosurgery can cure lung cancer....But the standard of care is surgery. In more advanced ca... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: There are defined areas such as floor of the mouth, tongue, gums, retromolar trigone, palate, etc. Combinations of radiation, surgery and chemotherap... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: In the form of radioactive iodine 131 radiation is given by a one time capsule that targets the thyroid. This may overkill the gland and one then nee... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why pat... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Radiation is more likely to cause nausea when its aimed directly at the stomach or the fourth ventricle of the brain. Therefore not all or even many ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: Radiation can be given to any area. However tolerance or limitation of the tissues are different and the desired benefit may not be achieved if the l... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: There is also the hormonal class of medication.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: There is standard anterior posterior high energy beams. There is intensity modulated radiation. There is stereotactic radiosurgery. There can be intr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: The neck is small and the throat is right there. So radiation will go through the throat and cause soreness. There should be medicines that can hel... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
See answer: Ask how many patients of your type of cancer have been treated by the doctor. The doctor should see about 250 to 400 of all cancers a year. He may h... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Alcohol over long periods is an environmental cause of certain cancers. These often need radiation and many have hard time to stop drinking but shoul... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Not practical: Virtually no one does this to treat lung cancer for cure. With bronchial temporary implants the bronchus can be opened to help breath better but not ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: It has been more common in the past to use whole body radiation to perform preparation of patient for bone marrow transplant. But these days chemothe... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 w... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Depends: If he is taking daily radiation from a machine in the radiation department he can be around children. If he had surgery to implant radioactive seeds t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Sometimes: Some cancers in children we are born with. Most cancers develop later in life and may have genetic predisposition that we are born with (not the cance... Read More

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Testimonials
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Nov 20, 2013
Excellent physician!
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Jan 17, 2012
this doctor brought up other scans that my doctor currently has not brought up.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Daneshfar is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you..he started me off at 150 mcg ..when I started rai my tsh was 128.6 which still confuses me..also a very low vitamin d reading of 9.. I have also started calitriol .25 mcg
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Diagnosed ultrasound: right surapatellar effusion and small right Bakers cyst. MRI is booked & area to be examined is R/O medial meniscal tear. pain!!
HealthTap member
Thanks for your prompt answer. I have a Gleason score of 8 but a pelvic MRI and bone scan were both clear. Fingers crossed the cancer is restricted to the gland.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

TX

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH GAL

Awards

Graduated top 1 percent Missouri State University
Summa Cum Laude at Missouri State
Top 20 percent at Univ of Missouri
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