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Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum

Radiation Oncology
Indianapolis, IN
32 years experience male

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Indianapolis, IN

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705 Riley Hospital Drive, null, Indianapolis, IN
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About

Bio

I am a member of the IU School of Medicine's Departments of Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, and Neurological Surgery. I am also a physicist and protein chemist. So I live in the rare place that lets me understand the new technologies coming forward both in radiation oncology and in the huge area of novel, biologic agents and genetic/molecular medicine. And how it all works in combination. It is an exciting and complex time in medicine and having these tools let's me give my paitients the best care possible. Part of that is knowing my limitations and being willing to say "I don't know, but I'll find out." That is perhaps the most important thing a person can do in medicine: know their limits and how to find out information to help patients. It means being comfortable being part of a team. It keeps patients safe. It is an honor to be part of the IU Health system and to be able to care for both children and adults with both common and incredibly rare, complex tumors. ---------- ASTRO (adult) Service (ASTRO has members from across the world, but is focused on North America for the most part, the USA in particular): Health Care Policy Committee Government Relations Committee (was asked to be a member of these committees to help promote patient safety and close loop-holes in national law and policy that allow fraud in our field) --------------- COG (pediatric and young adult) Service (COG is a worldwide group based in North Americal but with members that are active from around the world): Retinoblastoma Committee Leader: Ocular Late Effects Task Force Rare Tumors Committee Hodgkins Committee Cancer Control Committee (quality of life issues) Neurocogintive Quality of Life Committee ---------------- Protocols that I am leading at the proton center include: Breast Sparing Proton Beam Therapy for Hodgkins Disease Prostate Quality of LIfe More are coming in the very near future. COG protocol team member: Retinoblastoma Nasopharyngeal Cancer ---------------- Reviewer for a number of international journals. Soon to be the Chief Editor of a journal (starting it from scratch via IU)

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Doctor Q&A

53 Answers
11 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
COG trials ongoing.: The best option is to find a cog treatment center and discuss this with them. In a nutshell, timing/dose/volume of agents is being optimized at pre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not necessarilly: Leukemia: yes. For a sarcoma, probably not. It varies a lot based on tumor type, concomittant infections, etc. A super high WBC is suspicous f... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: You certainly can. When i think about this question, my mind often really goes to pancreatic problems and cancers and the inability to digest fat (lac... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
It is widespread.: Staging across cancers can be complex, but stage IV usually means it has spread. This website is a nice place to learn about cholangiocarcinoma (anoth... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
It can.: Yes. The field of view (fov) of a spine image is often not complete so if one suspects this, a better MRI and perhaps a ct or pet/ct is general used. ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Many variables: Age of patient. Degree of resection (if possible). Histologic grade (how nasty under the microscope). It can be from months for the worth ones to... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Maybe: There may be a link, but the data at present are not completely understood (and seem contradictory in some papers). It is worth talking to a genetics ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: Brain metastases are often treated witih various forms of radiation. If many lesion exist, whole brain radiation is used. If a few are there, recent d... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Extending ...: Agree, for t1 bcg is the standard. In my experience, we have also used Mitomycin c for this sort of case cautiously (the medonc i worked with did this... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Need more data: In general, a meningioma is a very slow growing tumor and this is unlikely to all of a sudden happen. Other issues can cause these symptoms (they are ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
In many ways: One gets this if the disease is recurrent or very widespread: so it could cure that person. But, a transplant has many side effects. Two main types of... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Circuits still work: Both the above are correct. The reality is that cancer cells anywhere can be kill by radiation. The brain offers a special problem in that very import... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Generally no: Photon and particle therapy beams cannot be felt. What can hurt is if the tissue being treated gets damaged - sometimes even the worlds finest radiati... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
It is a balance: The real issue is that if one uses radiation, the benefit far, far, far outweighs the risk. Yes, the use of radiaiton can increas cancer cell grow... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Complex question: This is highly debated at present. If every option cost the same, it might be the best external beam option. Data questioning it recently are retrospe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Nice full list: Here is a nice link: http://www.Rxlist.Com/protonix-drug/side-effects-interactions.Htm also here: http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/protonix-side-eff... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Absolutely. : It can sometimes be best to use surgery on an easy to remove lesion, but if not easy to remove radiation can work. My bias is to avoid treating normal... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Palliative: Palliative care is about being in control of ones life, humor and empathy with a patient are crucial.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Several options.: Non-invasive: rules out surgery non-chmo: rules out chemo radiation therapy fits this bill, but its use is very much defined by the situation and... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Multiple fashions: It varies by stage (spread). It can be treated via chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Some use total skin radiation in some cases. In my practice, eve... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Some good data: Few with positive screens end up with cancer - just to put it in perspective. We need more data, but a quick read of this review suggests that eve... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Additionally.: Ewings is a disease that is sometimes relentless but is also sometimes cured in the face of being stage iv. Local control can in some cases give t... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
My view...protons...: In a similar case, i chose to use proton therapy. Why it is useful is that it can treat the axilla and chest wall, as well as the internal mammary nod... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Fever on agents: This is the classic flu versus bacterial infection or other virus. Colds usually don't give a 103.0, but a flu sure can at it is in full swing here in... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
In theory anywhere: In theory, it could happen anywhere in the brain, but most juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas are in the supratentorial brain (outside of the posterior f... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Varies by tumor: Dose and intent make this vary from a single day (gamma knife or bone mets) to some prostate cancer treatments (8.5 weeks). In curative cases, 1.8 to ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Locally controlled: Radiation is used for local control. If wide negative margins were achieved with the amputation, there is no need to do more local therapy: local tiss... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Stage IV treatment.: The treatment of a spine metastasis is variable based upon the big picture. Sometimes chemotherapy makes sense. Sometimes radiotherapeutic agents or e... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes and No: Survival by stage which correlates with invasiveness shows survival drop as stage increases. However, the staging system is going to calll 1mm int... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Probably not.: This is perhaps the most complete answer on electromagnetic energy (cell phones in this case) and cancer. In short, we cannot say yes for sure, but we... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Two parts: Part one: Go to your local, regular MD and discuss the symptoms and see if they can help you. It is statistically most likely an infection of some sor... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Complex answer: It is not likely some sort of "radiatio sickness." he may have a paraneoplastic syndrome as noted. He may have disease elsewhere (brain) and be ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
It is about latency: The cells that make a meningioma happen can really take years and years to decide to intiiate a reaction and form a meningioma. In theory, it could be... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Imaging, exams, f/u.: One is always nervous about this but it would be relatively unusual to have it come back this late - although not impossible. As noted, u/s imaging, p... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
It can.: Skin cancer (basal cell in particular) is often slow to go to the lymph nodes. In general, squamous cell cancer can and the larger and more agressive ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: There are several ways to have this happen: primary tumor of the bones (ewings sarcoma for example, mostly in young people) bone metastases to t... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
My area..: The above is correct. We use carbo/vincristine to delay things until about age 5-6, but it tends to slow down the tumors while kids' brains develop at... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Moderately high.: It can be 50%...What you want is the best adjuvant therapy: radiation and chemotherapy. I am a believer in using protons in children to avoid as much ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Tamoxifen: Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes - many: Brachy is an art that requires skill as it can involves surgical methodologies. It is used in: sarcoma head and neck tumors gynecological tumor... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Neither: In reality, , a high grade glioma does not have sharp edges by definition and these methods have sharp edges by definition. If you only want to pallia... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Uptake not useful: Pet scan usually use a radioactive sugar to go where tumors are based on the idea that a very active cancer is using up a lot of energy to grow, so su... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
From 0 to slow flow.: Hi, cancer of the prostate (cap) by itself early has few symptoms. It can, if causing size changes but not yet metastatic, slow down urinary flow.... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Few extra ideas: Dr. Colen is right, but there are some gotchas. 1. If it is all over the whole spine (in the bones) and looks uniform, it can be missed. This is a... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Poss. Solution: Clearly this is really scaring you as I have seen you post 3 similar/parallel questions about your symptoms. Health tap is a super place, but it c... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Dependingscans done: Scans vary and some scan are very high dose and large volume. Others are small and of low volume. See this site: http://www.Xrayrisk.Com/calc... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Retreatment of GBM: These cases are relatively unique and need to be addressed as such. Sometimes they can be re-irradiated. Most centers will refuse to do so as it i... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Get a consult: With a neurosurgeon. It may actually be wisest to just watch it if you don't have any symptoms as this may simply not grow at all and you may live to ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
This is unlikely: Nothing is impossible, but the inability to digest fat can lead to this. The hardest part of your question is defining bad smelling flatulence: many f... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Depends: type/stage: There are different types of cancer (small cell, non-small cell, thymoma, etc.) and stage (tiny lesion, all over). Generally the smaller it is at f... Read More

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Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Buchsbaum is a valued and respected colleague. He takes care of each of his pediatric patients as if they were his own child.
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Dec 16, 2012
After finding out that I had to have radiation treatment folowing Prostrate surgury 6 years previously, I was very concerned and scared. Dr. B and his charge nurse meet with me for 2 hours. They ...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
Ive been treated by Dr B and his staff 3 y ago and Im in remission today. I couldnt be happier to have Dr B as my radio oncologist. He treated me due to my very complicated and inoperable tumor. He to...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

Dartmouth College
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Awards

Patent Pending: CSI board, US Patent Office
Molecular Kinetics Rearch Equipment Grant, Amphotech Corporate Grant
Roentgen Research Resident/Fellow Award, R.S.N.A.

Affiliations

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Audit Committee
Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society

Publications

Retroperitoneum (textbook chapter)
Pediatric Central Nervous System Tumors
Overcoming the leaning curve in supine pediatric proton craniospinal irradiation.
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