The Cancer Center: Riverside Community Hospital

A Milestone for our community

The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) is a safe haven for the community. Since 2003, our team of experts has offered comprehensive care and support to patients throughout their cancer journey. We understand the challenges patients and families face when they receive a cancer diagnosis.

Our dedicated team of specialists and nurse navigators provide both individualized and compassionate care. Their mission is to ensure each patient journey is as comfortable as possible utilizing resources based on their specific needs.

As an accredited oncology center, RCH provides high quality care to every patient we treat. We offer a comprehensive array of diagnostic and therapeutic services using state-of-the-art technology.

Compassionate and experienced staff

The care of a cancer patient is not just about medicine; it's about relationships. The center is comprised of a team of professionals who understand the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients. Everyone at the Cancer Center, the Medical and Administrative directors, registered nurses, physicist, patient care coordinator and radiation therapists are part of a team dedicated to your well-being and quality of life during your treatment.

Cancer treatment & services

Our team of cancer specialists creates personalized treatment plans for every patient by combining the latest medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology therapies and treatments. At the Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital, patients can expect centralized care, compassionate treatment, and the highest levels of clinical expertise

To learn more about cancer care services at The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside or to schedule an appointment, call (951) 788-3463.

Types of cancer we treat:

  • Bladder
  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Gynecological
  • Head/Neck
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Lymphomas
  • Leukemia & Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Melanoma
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Skin
  • Testicular

How does radiation therapy work?

Radiation therapy is a packet of energy known as photons or gamma rays. This packet of energy breaks apart water molecules inside of tumor cells. As a result, unstable and highly charged ions are formed. These ions in turn interact with the tumor cells' DNA. By attaching to the tumor cell DNA, the ions cause damage that will eventually result in breaks in the tumor cell DNA. All cells, even cancer cells, require intact DNA to reproduce. Consequently, the damaged radiated cancer cells are unable to reproduce, resulting in tumor cell death.

Learn More About Radiation Therapy

  • Genetic Counseling for Cancer Risk
  • Medical Oncology and Hematology
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Integrative Cancer Therapies
  • Robotic Surgery

Afshin Rashtian, MD

Dr. Afshin Rashtian
Medical Director of Radiation Oncology

  • H. Jhangiani, MD, Medical Oncology
  • E. Reyes, MD, Medical Oncology
  • D. Massee, MD, Radiology
  • D. Okada, MD, Pathology
  • A. Rashtian, MD. Radiation Oncology
  • G. Strother, MD, Family Medicine
  • R. Baqai, MD, Hematology/Oncology
  • B. Choi, MD, Medical Oncology
  • Dr. Gorty, Radiation Oncology
  • Lacy, MD, Surgeon
  • M. Karimi, MD, Medical Oncology
  • T. Mahdi, MD, Family Medicine/Palliative Care
  • M. Meyer, MD, Pathology
  • A. Odulate, MD, Radiology
  • D. Burke, MD, OB/GYN