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Dr. Marek Bozdech

Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
Santa Rosa, CA
50 years experience male

Locations

St Joseph Health

Santa Rosa, CA

Address

3555 Round Barn Circle, Santa Rosa, CA
Directions

Practice website

Fax

(707) 525-3874

About

Bio

Private practice of Medical Oncology and Hematology in Santa Rosa, CA since 1991. Previously head of Bone Marrow Transplant Service at University of California San Francisco for 5 years and University of Wisconsin for 7 years.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

Czech, English, Polish

Doctor Q&A

62 Answers
11 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Nexium (esomeprazole) is a blocker of gastric acid production and alleviates symptoms due to hyperacidity, and reduces the risk of gastritis and ulcer... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Unlikely: Breasts are usually not the same size. You did not say whether the larger breast is red or painful, or if you have had problem with enough milk on tha... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Good: For patients under the age of 40, the two year disease-free survival rate is 70%. And since there are few late relapses in BL due to its aggressivenes... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Not likely: At your age, cancer is not likely. There are many other causes for the symptoms you describe. Make an appointment to see your provider for an examinat... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Varies: The treatment of lymphoma depends on the type of lymphoma, its stage (extent), its features on tissue stains, lab and imaging findings, and age and ge... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Ignore: Red blood on paper with pain often benign. Dark blood in or on stool cause for alarm.
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes, but necessary: Myeloproliferative disorders, especially if transforming, are associated with increased risk of serious infections because the cells do a poor job doi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
No: It's mild anemia (mild decrease in RBCS), with good production of new RBCS (mild increase in RDW). Mild anemia is common in young women who are menstr... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
No: Biopsies are performed by either fine needle aspiration FNA) or core biopsy. Both techniques are specifically designed to prevent any contamination a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Unclear question: I wonder if you mean factor V (Leiden) mutation which can result in clotting and is common? Factor VII mutation is exceedingly rare and carries a risk... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Does not: Uterine cancer does not spread from one person to another. However, cervical cancer (which is the low end of the uterus) is caused by the human papill... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Acetaminophen: Acetaminophen (Tylenol (acetaminophen) and many other over the counter meds) is safe because unlike Aleve (ibuprofen) it has no effect on platelet fun... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Uncertain: Pathology needs to be tested further to determine whether the lymphoid tissue is polyclonal or monoclonal. I am sure your gastroenterologist has alrea... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Not necessarily: Why are you taking Xarelto? You don't need to do anything unless you have excessive bleeding or bruising or any new symptoms. Xarelto is metabolized w... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
No: There has been no significant change in your CBC. However, your immune system is much more than what you can see in a CBC. Have you been having more f... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Uncertain: This drug is not prescribed very often. What is the reason it was ordered? It intereferes with the normal breakdown of blood clots, so can be helpful ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Because you are young and have not smoked for a long time, your risk can decrease over time after you stop smoking. The highest risk is among people o... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Normal: The normal range for any test usually spans two standard deviations, or about 87% of normal. Thus about 6% of tests just above or just below normal ar... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Agree: Pleurodesis, or infusing material into the chest cavity to make the outside lining of the lung (visceral pleura) adhere to the inside lining of the ch... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Not clear: Your question did not say whether your white blood cell count was high, low, or normal. A low hemoglobin means you have fewer red blood cells than nor... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
No: Follow up with your doctor and do follow up mammograms as recommended.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Very unlikely: An ENT doctor is trained to recognize the difference between cartilage (which the nose is made of, and which can be asymmetric and bumpy - which could... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Medication: There are many medications to prevent and treat "breakthrough nausea" following chemotheray. However, sometimes it is not possible to completely preve... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Poor prognosis.: Cervical and ovarian cancer are unrelated diseases. Your grandmother is unlikely to have cervical cancer, which occurs primarily in much younger women... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Iron Deficiency: You lack iron and are likely anemic or soon to be. The reason for this depends on your age, sex, symptoms, examination and results of other lab tests.... Read More
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Cannabis may help: But I don't recommend smoking it because like cigarette smoke it is very harsh to your lungs. Cannabis taken orally can sometimes add to the medicatio... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Recycling: Old red blood cells (RBCs) change shape from disc shaped to round. This results in trapping in the spleen, where they are eaten by cells called macrop... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Uncertain: Do you feel well? See a physician for a physical examination and potentially blood tests.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
No: The number of lymphocytes is independent of other WBCs and is influenced primarily by response to infections, one of which, HIV, results in a low lymp... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Indolent means not growing or slow growing. It is quite common for this disease to remain stable for years. However, I would recommend regular follow ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Unknown: I am not aware of any data to answer your question. Women with thrombophila usually have normal pregnancies.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Not always pale: Anemia means not having enough red blood cells (RBC), also measured by hemoglobin or hematocrit. Symptoms are unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, ra... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Very unlikely: Stool color is determined by diet, bile, and sometimes by bleeding. The most common cause of a lighter stool color, if there are no symptoms, is the f... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
No: A CBC alone is not sensitive enough to detect leukemia or lymphoma. A careful medical history and physical exam and a manual review of the peripheral ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Very likely. : Your symptoms sound like heartburn. The enlarging uterus presses on the stomach and may cause acid reflux or heartburn. This is common during pregnanc... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Neutrophils increase in response to stimuli such as infection.
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Demographics: Cancer centers are in urban areas because that's where most people live.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Stable: i don't see a significant change, although it's been a long, long time since the previous data. Would be more informative to have more data.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Mayo Clinic Lab is highly reliable, and is one of the best reference labs in the world.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Low risk overall: It is commonly thought that the extra risk of any one person developing a fatal cancer from a typical CT procedure is about 1 in 2,000. In contrast, t... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Outer part of lung: This just describes the location. Location is associated with symptoms. Tumors adjacent to the pleura, which has many nerve endings, causes pain with ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Don't understand: Mesothelioma can be treated but is rarely cured. I don't understand your question. Has chemotherapy failed? Has surgery been advised?
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
See your doctor ASAP: You need to be examined. Have you checked your breast for a lump? Have you had a mammogram.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Diet: A high B12 level results from good absorption of B12 from the food you eat and is not associated with any disease.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Many or none: It depends on the numbers and your general health, symptoms, and physical examination. Often a blood test that is just above or below the normal range... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Follow up: You will need follow-up exams, ultrasound, and lab tests on a regular basis. You will also need to be on thyroid hormone replacement with monitoring o... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Mutation and growth: Like all cancers, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an abnormal growth of cells (in this case arising in the brain) triggered by a randomly occurring m... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Good reason: You did not state the type of cancer, the patient's age, or other medical conditions except for "chest issues."If chemotherapy is not working (5FU (fl... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Yes: Why is your mother taking this drug? It blocks the normal breakdown of blood clots, and is used rarely for patients who have low platelet counts that ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 50 years experience
Source: There is a good summary on Wikepedia. Also nlm.nih.gov has a good summary of dietary sources.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bozdech is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bozdech is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you so much for taking time to care, acknowledge,listen (read)my question&answer it to your best. No words can express my true&sincere gratitud
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Has your claim been proven or disproven in a biochemical test or study? If no test has been made so far, what is a theoretical chance for such case?
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Bozdech for taking the time to provide very helpful information!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 1972MD

Residency

Internal Medicine

Awards

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Medical School. 1978 - 1985
Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco 1985-1991
Top Oncologist and Hematologist , Second Place, National - Fall
2014
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