Bringing radiation oncology treatment expertise to the Corona community
October 22, 2018
| by Maxine Nunes
If radiation is part of your cancer treatment, Paul Mandelin, D.O.
, is the kind of doctor you hope you can find — a physician who sees you and not just your disease.
For Mandelin, a board-certified radiation oncologist at the City of Hope clinical network location in Corona
, California, this dedication to each patient’s personal well-being isn’t just spin — it’s the reason for that D.O. after his name. He’s a doctor of osteopathy, a medical degree emphasizing treatment of the whole person — body, mind and spirit.
But Mandelin can also administer a state-of-the-art treatment not usually available at local clinics — an injectable type of radiation called Xofigo, which is extremely effective in targeting prostate cancer that has metastasized to the bone, relieving pain and often extending a patient’s life.
A PERSONAL TOUCH
The practice of radiation oncology is particularly suited to Mandelin’s personal approach, because patients typically receive treatment every weekday, for at least five weeks.
I’m the one who spends the most time with a patient, so I can go over everything in their history and talk about the overall plan,” he said. “They really appreciate that overview, because then they can see the whole big picture in their minds.”
Mandelin encourages patients to adopt a healthier diet — more fresh vegetables, less sugar and red meat — so that they feel strong enough to tolerate chemo and radiation. But he lets them know they don’t have to be fanatic about it or follow every heath food fad.
“They’ll ask, Can I have a piece of cake at my grandson’s birthday party or a hamburger on the Fourth of July? And I tell them sure, you don’t have sit in a corner drinking alkaline water and eating açai berries.”
He also cautions against overdoing foods high in antioxidants while in treatment. Though they can help prevent cancer, antioxidants can actually hamper the effectiveness of radiation, which creates free radicals to kill cancer cells.
Cancer treatment expertise IN CORONA
The City of Hope location in Corona provides the same quality of treatment you’ll find at the main campus in Duarte, but closer to home.
We’re basically a one-stop-shop with everything under one roof. People can see their medical oncologist and get their chemo, their radiation and their PET scans,” he said. “We try to fit in with their lifestyle and daily schedule so that we can be the least obtrusive to their lives as possible.”
A patient might, for example, get daily radiation on the way to work in the morning or after work as they head home — which may even help them avoid rush-hour traffic.
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