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Dr. Gene Wong

Radiation Oncology
Burlington, MA
42 years experience

Locations

Office

Burlington, MA

Address

41 Mall Road,, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Burlington, MA
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Gene Wong graduated from Medical School of University of Hong Kong in1980. He did his intial radiation residensy training at Queen Mary Hospital and then finished his training in Canada at Priness Margaret Hospital Toronto. He was a clinical fellow at McMaster University Hamilton. He was certified by the Royal College of Physician Canada and American Board of Radiology in the specialty of Radiation Oncology. His areas of interest includes head and neck cancer, prostate cancer and stereotactic radiosurgery for liver and bile duct cancer.

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

49 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It depends: Renal cell carcinoma is curable if it's early stage and confined to the kidney and treated with surgery. If it has spreaded beyond the kidney, there a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Not necessarily: Most thyorid noduels are benign e.g. Thyroid cyst, goitre. If one is concerned, ultrasound is necessary to distinguish a solid one from a cystic one. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Specialized training: Generally speaking, dermatologist can diagnose and treat skin cancer. However, one needs special training to to moh's surgery and that's why some pati... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Yes: Most of the stage ii cervical cancers are treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Occasionally surgery may be indicated. The chance of cure is about ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Quite accurate: In patients with strong family history of ovarian ca, screening with ultrasound and blood test is indicated since it's difficult to pick up early ovar... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Testings: If one is suspected to have lung cancer, there will be a bunch of tests to make the diagnosis and stage the disease. That may include blood test, bron... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Most likely not: Thyroid cancer that has spreaded to the lung is unlikely to be curable. However, there are treatments available to control the disease such as radioac... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Chemoradiation: The standard of care for hodgkins lymphoma usually chemotherapy followed by radiation to the involved area. This will cure over 90% of all cases. Ther... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
CT scan is better: There is a lot of data now to show that high risk patients i.e. Chronic smoker >30pack years who is still smoking or quits less than 15 years, age bet... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
There's limitation: Like any radiological testing whether mri, ct scan or bone scan, they cannot detect microscopic disease. Generally speaking, the cancer has to be abou... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Not high: The median age of breast cancer in female in us is about 67 years. That means the further you are away from the median the lesser is the chance. But i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It' difficult: Pancreatic cancer is one of the more difficult cancers to diagnose early. When it develops symptoms such as jaundice and pain shooting to back, it's a... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Carcinogens: Just like lung cancer and smoking, there is association between bladder cancer and smoking. The carcinogens taken up by the body are excreted into the... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Combined treatment: Head and neck cancer patients are usually seen in a combined clinic with surgeons, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist. In most early cases, s... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Prevention is key: For child bearing age female who needs irradiation, the most important thing is to prevent getting pregnant before radiation starts. If it does happen... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Colonic polyps: Most of the colonic polyps are benign but some have the potential to become cancerous. It is not possible to tell by just looking and thus polyps are ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Combination treatmen: Yes. If the type of cancer is non small cell lung cancer, in some case, chemoradiation can shrink the cancer and make it operable whereas it may not ... Read More
A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Safe and effective: In essence there are two ways to given radiation to prostate: external beam irradiation and brachytherapy (implants). They can be given separately or ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Not directly: One cannot feel radiation upon exposure since it is very penetrating electromagnetive waves of energy and you will not know that you are exposed. Howe... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It's different type: Microwave is different from xray. The wavelength is longer and it is non ionizing meaning it does not have the same interaction with cells as compare ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Need more info: Medullary carcinoma is not organ specific and is a discription of how cancer looks like under microscope. Medullary cancer can be described in breast ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Yes: Lymphoma is a cancerous condition coming from lymphocytes, one type of white blood cells that protect your body from infection. Usually it arises from... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Yes with caution: It's a serious condition when the kidney cancer has spreaded to the bone. There are quite a bit of newer drugs that blocks certain pathways in the can... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Not alone: Chemoembolization or other ablative treatment such as radiofrequency ablation, radiosurgery cannot cure liver cancer. However they can play an importa... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Mutiple options: Generally speaking, there are many ways to treat prostate cancer including surgery, radiation with xray beam, implants with seeds or high dose rate ne... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Need examination: It's impossible to diagnose skin cancer without examination. Skin cancer can present as various forms even if it's flat and red. There are different t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Bladder problems: Usually patients may notice bloody urine, frequency of urination, burning sensation and obstructive symptoms such as weak stream and double voiding. P... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Team work: It takes a team to treat and take care of head and neck patients. There are surgeons to do biopies or surgical removal, radiation and medical oncologi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It's a risk: There is published data to show that testicular cancer patients may carry a risk of 10-15% subfertilty after standard radiation treatment dose. One ha... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Yes: There are benign tumors that can benefit from radiation. A few examples include meningioma of brain, benign pituitary tumor not operable or recurrence... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Highly unlikely: There is no relationship between trauma and cancer. However, a lot of times, trauma will bring attention to a pre existing cancer condition. If there ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Blood malignancy: Plasmacytoma is a solid malignant tumor caused by plasma cells (one type of white cells) coming from the bone marrow. It may affect the bone directly ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It's variable: Most of the prostate cancers in elder male are incidental i.E they are not related to any risk factors. There is data to show that in male over 75, 40... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It's very treatable: In young children, the commonest type of lymphoma is hodgkins lymphoma. It repsonds very well to chemotherapy and radiation and the chance of cure is ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It varies: Renal cell carcinoma (rcc) unfortunately is usually asymptomatic until it's advanced stage. If it causes symptoms, it may present as blood in the urin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
No until late: Early lung cancers are usually asymptomatic. They are found incidentally. When they grow and spread, then they may cause obstructiion of airway leadin... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Not typical: Cancer of colon usually presents as bowels problems such as bleeding from the rectum, diarrhea or loose bowels and very occasionally obstruction. If g... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Yes: Occasionally, we see two different types of cancer within the same region e.g. Bladder and prostate cancer, rectum and prostate cancer and they may be... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
It all depends: Patients usually develops eating or swallowing problems if part of their gastrointestinal track is under treatment. This includes head and neck cancer... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Oropharyngeal CA: Yes. There is recent increase in incidence of human papilloma virus (hpv) related oropharyngeal cancer such as tonsillar cancer in young non smoking m... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Accreditation progra: Certainly experience counts, the other 'number' you should look at includes whether the program or center is certified by american college of surgeons... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
???: There may be some misunderstanding in the communication. Cancer is alwasys malignant, anything benign should not be called cancer. Please clarify with... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Immuno compromised: Hodgkins' lymphoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. That can cause drop in blood counts particularly white cell that may le... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Chemoradiation: The treatment for pediatric hodgkins lymphoma is usually chemotherapy first, then evaluate the response then followed by radiation to the involved are... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
No: The key to treat lung cancer is the standard treatment which may consist of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy or combination of the above. However th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
See below: Primary cancer means the cancer arises from the organ or tissue primarily but not a spread from elsewhere. Example, primary brain cancer means the bra... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Breast cancer: I think your mother is diagnosed to have breast cancer, if not please let us know. Tubular cancer is one type of breast cancer that is usually less ag... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 42 years experience
Yes: Most likely you are referring to breast cancer. There is a type of very aggressive breast cancer that presents like infection/ inflammation. The skin ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wong is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wong is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 26, 2012
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong
Graduated 1980MD
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