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.”