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Dr. Jekwon (Jay) Yeh Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Rio Bravo Oncology According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and Kern County is no different. When you or a loved one is faced with the difficult journey of a cancer diagnosis, it is important to find the most qualified, compassionate, and personalized health care professionals available. Assuring patients diagnosed with cancer have access to the highest quality care is why Rio Bravo Oncology is proud to introduce Dr. Jekwon (Jay) Yeh to the Bakersfield community. Dr. Yeh is excited to join Rio Bravo Oncology after practicing at the Cancer Center of Irvine where he also served as the chairman of the Continuing Medical Education Program. A native of Orange County, he graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. From there, he went on to earn his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his internship under the Department of Surgery at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in New York City. He then underwent specialty training in radiation oncology at the Southern California Permanente Group in Los Angeles, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Yeh has been the primary investigator of several clinical research projects in prostate, gastrointestinal and brain/ central nervous system malignancies. He has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics; American Journal of Clinical Oncology; and the Brachytherapy Journal. He has presented many of his research projects at international scientific conferences including: American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society and American Radium Society.

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What brings him to Bakersfield? “Kern County, like many 4500 Morning Drive, #105 counties, need oncologists to 661-491-5060 meet the growing needs of the community. I want patients diagnosed with cancer in Kern County to be able to stay close to their support system, which includes family and loved ones, while they receive high-quality care,” said Dr. Yeh. “We have state-of-the-art medical equipment, including Kern County’s newest linear accelerator, which is one of the most critical advances in radiation 86

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oncology in the last 30 years. It maximizes the precision of the therapeutic radiation beams on the tumor; it is relatively pain-free and ensures the patient is comfortable.” What do these advancements mean for patients with cancer? Dr. Yeh says: “The precision of radiation treatments available today provide additional options to patients. I work with patients diagnosed with cancer and help them navigate the journey and select treatment options that meet their needs. For instance, recently, a patient expressed her desire to have conservative breast surgery followed by radiation and avoid more aggressive surgery that would remove her breast.” According to Dr. Yeh, patients with prostate cancer in Bakersfield will have additional options. That is because Dr. Yeh has successfully treated several thousand cases of prostate cancer with radiation and performed over 1,000 high-dose-rate brachytherapy implants for prostate cancer treatment. Dr. Yeh has also been instrumental in the research and development of the hydrogel rectal spacer to help decrease the risk of rectal injury with radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Dr. Yeh is one of the world’s most experienced in the hydrogel implantation technique, having performed over 500 cases of rectal spacer implantations. When Dr. Yeh isn’t working hard at saving lives, he enjoys spending time with Juno, his German shepherd that he rescued from an animal shelter. He also enjoys cooking and grilling. Dr. Yeh stays healthy by lifting weights, jogging and kickboxing. Dr. Yeh is a leader in the field of radiation oncology with a strong reputation in providing excellent patient care. He is excited to bring his expertise and cutting-edge treatment options to the Bakersfield community and Central Valley. Promotional Content

Bakersfield Life Magazine July 2017  
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