Dr. Yom is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of head and neck and lung cancers. She received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and completed her residency training at the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. In 2007, she joined the UCSF faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Yom is particularly interested in emerging radiotherapeutic and biologic techniques aimed at reducing the toxicities of treatment. In head and neck cancer, she has studied a variety of issues related to chemoradiation and combined modality treatments, technical aspects of radiation delivery, and radiation-related prognostic factors and post-treatment management. Specifically in lung cancer, she has been involved in efforts to quantify the risks of pneumonitis and esophagitis resulting from concurrent treatment with chemotherapy and radiation and helped to establish intensity-modulated radiation therapy in the treatment of locoregionally advanced lung cancers.
Evidencing her commitment to patient care and patient-oriented research, Dr. Yom has been the recipient of numerous awards including the ASTRO Fellowship from the Korean American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology, the Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education for excellence in cancer education at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, an award from the A. Lavoy Moore Endowment Fund for excellence in lung cancer research, and the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology from the American Association of Women Radiologists. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a regularly invited speaker to fellow professionals in the field.
In lung cancer, Dr. Yom has conducted research quantifying the risks of pneumonitis and esophagitis when chemotherapy and radiation are given simultaneously. Her research findings were important in establishing the early use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy for lung cancer in combination with 4-dimensional CT-based planning. She has particular expertise in the delivery of chemoradiation therapy for advanced-stage lung cancer, and also the delivery of non-invasive stereotactic CyberKnife radiation for early-stage lung cancer. Her hope is that better understanding of radiation toxicities will permit higher treatment doses, increase the rate of cure and improve patient quality of life. She is strongly committed to research that will lead to more effective, less toxic, and more highly individualized therapy for patients.
Dr. Yom is an investigator on many research studies in head and neck and lung cancer at UCSF, including trials related to to image-guided radiation, head and neck patients' quality of life, and combinations of novel systemic agents with radiation therapy. She is especially interested in improved clinical and translational prognostic models in order to provide more effective and individualized therapy. It is hoped that the reduction of toxicities, both through technical and biologic means, will improve patients' quality of life and potentially enable physicians to deliver more intelligently targeted radiation and chemotherapy doses in search of a better chance of cure. She believes in multidisciplinary management and a unified, team-oriented approach to patient care
Most recent publications from a total of 94
Paulsson AK, Yom SS, Anwar M, Pinnaduwage D, Sudhyadhom A, Gottschalk AR, Chang AJ, Descovich M. Respiration-Induced Intraorgan Deformation of the Liver. Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jan 01; 1533034616687193. View in PubMed
Siddiqui F, Smith RV, Yom SS, Beitler JJ, Busse PM, Cooper JS, Hanna EY, Jones CU, Koyfman SA, Quon H, Ridge JA, Saba NF, Worden F, Yao M, Salama JK. ACR appropriateness criteria® nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers. Head Neck. 2016 Dec 29. View in PubMed
Yom SS. Is Induction Chemotherapy Needed to Select Patients for Deintensified Treatment of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer? J Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec 28; JCO2016710681. View in PubMed
Pugh SL, Wyatt G, Wong RK, Sagar SM, Yueh B, Singh AK, Yao M, Nguyen-Tan PF, Yom SS, Cardinale FS, Sultanem K, Hodson DI, Krempl GA, Chavez A, Yeh AM, Bruner DW. Exploratory Factor Analysis of NRG Oncology's University of Washington Quality of Life Questionnaire-RTOG Modification. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jan; 53(1):139-145.e2. View in PubMed
Chan JW, Parvathaneni U, Yom SS. Reducing radiation-related morbidity in the treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Future Oncol. 2016 Nov 23. View in PubMed
Karam I, Yao M, Heron DE, Poon I, Koyfman SA, Yom SS, Siddiqui F, Lartigau E, Cengiz M, Yamazaki H, Hara W, Phan J, Vargo JA, Lee V, Foote RL, Harter KW, Lee NY, Sahgal A, Lo SS. Survey of current practices from the International Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Consortium (ISBRTC) for head and neck cancers. Future Oncol. 2016 Nov 15. View in PubMed
Braunstein S, Glastonbury CM, Chen J, Quivey JM, Yom SS. Impact of Neuroradiology-Based Peer Review on Head and Neck Radiotherapy Target Delineation. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Jan; 38(1):146-153. View in PubMed
Zevallos JP, Yom SS. Redefining the Role of Surgical Management in the Evolving Landscape of Oropharyngeal Cancer. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Nov; 12(11):1185-1187. View in PubMed
Yu Y, Mabray M, Silveira W, Shen PY, Ryan WR, Uzelac A, Yom SS. Earlier and more specific detection of persistent neck disease with diffusion-weighted MRI versus subsequent PET/CT after definitive chemoradiation for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2016 Oct 11. View in PubMed
Beitler JJ, Quon H, Jones CU, Salama JK, Busse PM, Cooper JS, Koyfman SA, Ridge JA, Saba NF, Siddiqui F, Smith RV, Worden F, Yao M, Yom SS. ACR Appropriateness Criteria(®) Locoregional therapy for resectable oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas. Head Neck. 2016 Sep; 38(9):1299-309. View in PubMed
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