Dr. Jekwon Yeh

Medical Director of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Jekwon Yeh

Jekwon Yeh, MD is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Rio Bravo Cancer Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Yeh graduated cum laude in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine. He received his medical training at Boston University School of Medicine. He then underwent specialty training in radiation oncology in Los Angeles at the Southern California Permanente Group.

Prior to coming to Bakersfield, Dr. Yeh practiced at the Cancer Center of Irvine. He founded and served as the Chairman of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Yeh has extensive expertise in the treatment of prostate cancer. He has successfully treated over a thousand cases of prostate cancer with radiation. He has performed over a thousand cases of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy implants for prostate and breast cancer treatment. He is also trained in stereotactic radiosurgery(SRS)/stereotactic ablative radiotherapy(SABR). This technique allows him to treat virtually any tumor in the body with precise radiation beams. In addition, Dr. Yeh also has specific expertise in the treatment of breast, genitourinary, head and neck, gastrointestinal, gynecological, central nervous system (CNS), sarcoma, skin, lymphoma, and lung cancers.

Dr. Yeh is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the hydrogel rectal spacer technology (SpaceOAR) to reduce side effects to the rectum with radiation treatment for prostate cancer. He was instrumental in developing this advanced technique and has performed over 500 rectal spacer implantations which places him on the leading edge in radiation oncology.

Dr. Yeh has been the primary investigator of several clinical research projects in prostate, gastrointestinal and brain/central nervous system (CNS) malignancies. He is also the primary investigator of numerous clinical projects in polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer usage during radiation therapy for prostate cancer. He has published scientific articles in numerous peer reviewed journals. He has also presented many of his research projects at international scientific conferences including ASTRO, American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), and ARS (American Radium Society). He has also been awarded numerous basic science and clinical research grants. Professional memberships have included: American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), and the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS).

News Articles

Television

Dr. Jekwon Yeh talks about SpaceOAR: Cutting Edge Advancements in Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer and Free Prostate Cancer Screening

Dr. Jekwon Yeh from Rio Bravo Cancer Center joined Channel 17 KGET news at Sunrise to talk about cutting edge advancements (SpaceOAR) to decrease side effects from radiation therapy for prostate cancer and a free prostate cancer screening event in conjunction with Foundation Laboratory.

Publications

Yeh J, Lehrich B. ” Three-year outcomes of 324 prostate carcinoma patients treated with combination high-dose-rate brachytherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy” Translational Cancer Research Journal – 2017

Yeh J, Lehrich B. “Polyethylene Glycol Hydrogel Rectal Spacer Implantation in Patients with Prostate Cancer Undergoing Combination HDR Brachytherapy and External Beam Radiotherapy” Brachytherapy Journal – Feb 2016

Yeh J, Hastings J. “Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Rectum: A Single Institution Experience” Journal of Coloproctology – Oct 2012

Yeh J, Kagan AR. “Ego-Based Medicine” International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics (IJROBP) – May 2013

Kagan AR, Yeh J, Schulz RJ. “Is Proton-Beam Therapy Better Than Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer?”

American Journal of Clinical Oncology – Feb 2014

Chang-Halpenny C, Yeh J. “Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme Treated with Concurrent Temozolomide and Standard versus Abbreviated Course Radiotherapy.” The Permanente Journal – 2015 Winter

Presentations

Tao A, Yeh J “Accelerated Partial-Breast Irradiation (APBI) using High-Dose-Rate Interstitial Brachytherapy for Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS)” American Brachytherapy Society 2017 (Boston, MA)

Tao A, Yeh J “Accelerated Partial-Breast Irradiation (APBI) using High-Dose-Rate Interstitial Brachytherapy for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)” American Brachytherapy Society 2017 (Boston, MA)

Yeh J “Combination HDR Brachytherapy and IMRT For The Treatment Of Prostate Cancer” World Congress of Brachytherapy 2016 (San Francisco, CA)

Yeh J “Postprostatectomy Patients Undergoing Salvage High-Dose External Beam Radiation With a Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Spacer” American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2016 (Boston, MA)

Yeh J, Chien J “Absence of Infection from Injection of a Rectal Spacer into the Anterior Peri-rectal Fat Space” American Radium Society 2015 (Kauai, HI) – Poster of Distinction

Yeh J, Chien J “Rectal Spacer Injection in Post-Prostatectomy Patients Undergoing Salvage High Dose External Beam Radiation” American Radium Society 2015 (Kauai, HI)

Tokita K, Yeh J “Spacer Enhanced HDR provides new radiation therapy treatment planning options for HDR brachytherapy” BrachyNext 2014 (Miami,Fl)

Yeh J. “Adenocarcinoma of the Anal Canal : A Single Institution Experience” ASTRO 2013 (Atlanta,GA)

Chang-Halpenny C, Yeh J. “Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme Treated with Concurrent Temozolomide and Standard versus Abbreviated Course Radiotherapy.” ASTRO 2013 (Atlanta,GA)

Yeh J, Hastings J. “Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Rectum: A Single Institution Experience” ASTRO 2011 (Miami,Fl)

Yeh J “Evolving Treatment Paradigm of Anaplastic Carcinoma of the Thyroid” April 2010 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Radiation Oncology Educational Conference (Los Angeles,CA)

Yeh J “Endometrial Carcinoma: High Dose Rate Brachytherapy Planning” Aug 2010 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Radiation Oncology Educational Conference (Los Angeles,CA)

Yeh J “Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Treatment Management” Feb 2011 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Radiation Oncology Educational Conference (Los Angeles,CA)

Yeh J “Limited Stage Small Cell Carcinoma of the Lung” Oct 2011 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Radiation Oncology Educational Conference (Los Angeles,CA)

Yeh J “Post Mastectomy Radiation Therapy in Women with 1 –3 Positive Axillary Lymph Nodes” June 2012 Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Radiation Oncology Educational Conference (Los Angeles,CA)