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 88
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
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
Tan DS, Yom SS, Tsao MS, Pass HI, Kelly K, Peled N, Yung RC, Wistuba II, Yatabe Y, Unger M, Mack PC, Wynes MW, Mitsudomi T, Weder W, Yankelevitz D, Herbst RS, Gandara DR, Carbone DP, Bunn PA, Mok TS, Hirsch FR. The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Consensus Statement on Optimizing Management of EGFR Mutation-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Status in 2016. J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Jul; 11(7):946-63. View in PubMed
Saba NF, Salama JK, Beitler JJ, Busse PM, Cooper JS, Jones CU, Koyfman S, Quon H, Ridge JA, Siddiqui F, Worden F, Yao M, Yom SS. ACR Appropriateness criteria® for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Head Neck. 2016 Jul; 38(7):979-86. View in PubMed
Shugard E, Chen J, Quivey JM, Glastonbury CM, Khanafshar E, Garsa AA, George JR, Yom SS. Does radiation dose matter in thyroid cancer?: Patterns of local-regional failure in recurrent and metastatic well-differentiated thyroid cancers treated with dose-painted intensity-modulated radiation therapy. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2016 Aug; 60(4):560-7. View in PubMed
Singer L, Calkins SM, E Horvai A, R Ryan W, Yom SS. Xanthogranuloma in the heavily irradiated low neck in a patient with head and neck cancer. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016; 45(1):20. View in PubMed
Anwar M, Yu Y, Glastonbury CM, El-Sayed IH, Yom SS. Delineation of radiation therapy target volumes for cutaneous malignancies involving the ophthalmic nerve (cranial nerve V-1) pathway. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 6(6):e277-e281. View in PubMed
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