San Diego cancer researcher presents results at premier cancer research meeting

Dr. Fuller's study was selected from a record-breaking 3,027 abstracts presented at ASTRO's 2012 Annual Meeting


(San Diego - October 26, 2012)

Genesis Healthcare radiation oncologist Donald B. Fuller, M.D. presented his research findings at the 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Boston.  Dr. Fuller's study was selected for oral presentation from a record-breaking 3,027 abstracts presented at ASTRO's 2012 Annual Meeting, the largest research meeting of radiation oncology specialists in the world. The study, titled "Prospective Evaluation of SBRT for Low and Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer: Emulating HDR Brachytherapy Dose Distribution," examines 3- year results of treatment of prostate cancer patients with CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) in a nationwide, multi-institutional research trial.

Dr. Fuller is a radiation oncologist specializing in prostate cancer at Genesis CyberKnife, formerly CyberKnife Centers of San Diego, one of the first centers in southern California to offer the revolutionary technology of the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery. CyberKnife is a very accurate (treatment is delivered with sub-millimeter precision) device that delivers high doses of radiation to the tumor, with little harm to important surrounding sensitive structures. 

Dr. Fuller earned his medical degree from University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.  He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, a director for the Radiosurgery Society (RSS) and a director representing the Radiation Oncology Division of Genesis Healthcare Partners.

ASTRO's 54th Annual Meeting, held in Boston, October 28 - 31, 2012, is the premier meeting in radiation oncology and brings together more than 11,000 attendees including oncologists from all disciplines, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses and practitioners, biologists, physician assistants, practice administrators, industry representatives and other health care professionals from around the world. The theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting is "Advancing Patient Care Through Innovation" and examines how innovation in technology and patient care delivery can lead to improved patient outcomes. The four-day scientific meeting includes six plenary papers, 410 oral presentations, 1,725 posters and 130 digital posters in 63 tracks/topic areas.

ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy. For more information on radiation therapy, visit www.rtanswers.org. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.

About Genesis Healthcare
Genesis Healthcare is a multi-specialty medical group offering a full range of health services for the treatment of prostate and many other cancers.  With 16 offices located throughout San Diego County, the Genesis group of specialists in urology and radiation oncology offer a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic options, including minimally invasive treatment alternatives such as active surveillance, IGRT, CyberKnife and robotic surgery.  

For more information about Genesis Healthcare, please contact Deborah MacFarlane at 949-378-8308.

For more information about ASTRO's Annual Meeting, please visit www.astro.org/AnnualMeeting.