New doctor joins IVCC

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – For the first time in ten years the Imperial Valley Cancer Center has two full-time radiology oncologists on staff. Doctor Siavosh Vakilian came to the valley in mid-January and is the newest member of the team fighting cancer.

“Cancer nowadays gets treated with three major modalities: surgery, medical oncology meaning chemotherapy, and radiation,” said Vakilian. “So, if you don’t have these three services then you are going to have patients traveling to other areas and commuting long distances to get their treatments.”

According to the California Public Health Association-North there are more than 600 patients with different types of cancer in the Imperial Valley. Vakilian says, many of those patients receive up to 45 treatments of radiology to fight cancer. Which means spending travel money for treatments can add up quickly.

“This is a significant number of treatments to have to commute back and forth outside of the county for that length of time,” said Vakilian. “So, having these services in this area, I think, is not only for convenience but also for continuity of care.”

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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