Dr. Vasthi Wilson

Radiation Oncology
Somers Point, NJ
25 years experience female

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Radiation Oncology

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22 Answers
7 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Depends: size & type: It depends on what type of pituitary tumor and how quickly it grows. Some start small and grow slowly so don't cause symptoms for years. Large or fa... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Sometimes: Yes - if urine "cytology" is specifically ordered (sometimes with "fish"). Urine cytology is not the most sensitive test for bladder cancer, but is p... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
No: Not that i know of - much more likely to reduce cancer risk if replacing cigarettes.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Surgery, chemoRT: If disease limited to abdomen (not spread) then surgical removal if possible (whipple), which could be followed by chemo and/or radiation therapy (dep... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Multiple possible: Symptoms of lymphoma in the chest include: shortness of breath, pain, swelling in the arms, face, or neck, lumps in the neck, supraclavicular area, or... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Sometimes from XRT: Certain organs and glands are sensitive to radiation treatment, and their function can be impaired if they are near or within a radiated target volume... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Possibly: Osteosarcomas start in bone, but sometimes have a soft tissue component. Involvement of the muscle by adjacent osteosarcoma can happen in 2 possible ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Rare bone cancer: Osteosarcoma is usually a tumor or cancer of the bone, as opposed to most other sarcomas which are "soft tissue" sarcomas. Sometimes osteosarcoma... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Not thoroughly: For example, ct or MRI of the abdomen would not fully stage because imaging of other parts of the body are needed to rule out metastatic disease. Ncc... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Probably: Certain types of infectious diseases, especially viral, can increase your risk of head and neck cancers. Similar to cervical cancer. However, patien... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Depends - stage: Depends on histologic type & stage, but many 78 yr olds with early stage disease can be cured with surgery (hysterectomy) alone or surgery followed by... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Biopsy: The best way to be certain it is not cancer would be to get a biopsy sent to pathology. Usually this type of biopsy is done by a dermatologist or sur... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Not always: It is much harder to detect smaller lesions on non-contrast head ct, but large tumors causing swelling or pressure on other parts of the brain can usu... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Unknown: Good question, but answer is not clear as far as i know. Consider a multivitamin and/or calcium + vitamin d supplement with a healthy diet. Would av... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Unknown: Answer is not well understood as relatively few studies have been done in the usa on the effects of marijuana for ethical/legal reasons. However, sma... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Unknown: Good question, but we do not fully understand the causes of cancer. However, it is probably due to a combination of factors, including: genetics (fam... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Consider chest CT: Do you smoke? If you do, then stop. Your doctor can help you do this. If you have a history of smoking, your doctor could consider ordering a chest... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Location: Gynecologic cancers start in a female patient's pelvis (ovaries, uterus, cervix, etc). Breast cancers start in the breast, although can sometimes pre... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
No effect on baby: Radioactive iodine will have decayed, no residual radioactivity to affect baby or his development. Low TSH is good oncologically, but not sure how ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Ability to spread: "malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Probably not: Not that i know of. We ask breast cancer patients not to use aluminum containing deoderants during radiotherapy to minimize skin reaction (but not ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Yes: Although you could start with your primary doctor if you don't have an ENT already, they could examine you and if they aren't sure, point you in the r... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Dec 9, 2012
She is very commited, intelligent and professionally at the top of her peers for knowledge training and state of the art approaches to those conditions that are everyday as wll a the rare and difficu...Read More
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wilson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Graduated 2003MD

Medical/Graduate school

Oxford University
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Wellesley College
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Awards

Top Doc, SJ magazine 2012
Distinction, Oxford University
Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

Affiliations

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology
Shore Medical Center
Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pa Health Sys

Publications

Gamma knife radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma: early hearing outcomes and evaluation of the cochlear dose
Impact of concurrent versus sequential tamoxifen with radiation therapy in early-stage breast cancer patients undergoing breast conservation treatment
Proton beam irradiation in pediatric oncology: An overview
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