After residency, I spent time on the faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center treating hematologic malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma). I have considerable experience treating this patient population. Because many lymphomas are highly curable, management of long term side effects from treatment is essential. I have used many different treatment techniques and modalities to minimize radiation dose to normal structures, thereby minimizing late effects from treatment. I also have a great deal of experience working with cutaneous lymphomas and the management of this category of lymphomas.
Dr. Leslie Ballas also specializes in cancers of the genitourinary tract, including malignancies of the prostate, urinary bladder, testicle, and kidney. Her research has focused on improving quality of life for men with prostate cancer. She is involved in the development of cancer treatment clinical trials for patients with genitourinary cancers. And has brought multiple genitourinary cooperative group studies to USC. Dr. Ballas’ interests include advanced technology integration into cancer therapeutics, including image-guide radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT).
Baumann BC, Sargos P, Eapen LJ, Efstathiou JA, Choudhury A, Bahl A, Murthy V, Ballas LK, Fonteyne V, Richaud PM, Zaghloul MS, Christodouleas JP. The Rationale for Post-Operative Radiation in Localized Bladder Cancer. Bladder Cancer. 2017 Jan 27; 3(1):19-30. View in: PubMed
Winkfield KM, Advani RH, Ballas LK, Dabaja BS, Dhakal S, Flowers CR, Ha CS, Hoppe BS, Mansur DB, Mendenhall NP, Metzger ML, Plastaras JP, Roberts KB, Shapiro R, Smith SM, Terezakis SA, Younes A, Constine LS. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Recurrent Hodgkin Lymphoma. Oncology (Williston Park). 2016 Dec 15; 30(12). View in: PubMed
Dhakal S, Advani R, Ballas LK, Dabaja BS, Flowers CR, Ha CS, Hoppe BS, Mendenhall NP, Metzger ML, Plastaras JP, Roberts KB, Shapiro R, Smith SM, Terezakis SA, Winkfield KM, Younes A, Constine LS. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Hodgkin Lymphoma-Favorable Prognosis Stage I and II. Am J Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec; 39(6):535-544. View in: PubMed
Ballas LK, de Castro Abreu AL, Quinn DI. What Medical, Urologic, and Radiation Oncologists Want from Molecular Imaging of Prostate Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2016 Oct; 57(Suppl 3):6S-12S. View in: PubMed
Pinnix CC, Osborne EM, Chihara D, Lai P, Zhou S, Ramirez MM, Oki Y, Hagemeister FB, Rodriguez AM, Samaniego F, Fowler N, Romaguera JE, Turturro F, Fayad L, Westin JR, Nastoupil L, Neelapu SS, Cheah CY, Dabaja BS, Milgrom SA, Smith GL, Horace P, Milbourne A, Wogan CF, Ballas L, Fanale MA. Maternal and Fetal Outcomes After Therapy for Hodgkin or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Diagnosed During Pregnancy. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Aug 1; 2(8):1065-9. View in: PubMed
Satkunasivam R, Kim AE, Desai M, Nguyen MM, Quinn DI, Ballas L, Lewinger JP, Stern MC, Hamilton AS, Aron M, Gill IS. Radical Prostatectomy or External Beam Radiation Therapy vs No Local Therapy for Survival Benefit in Metastatic Prostate Cancer: A SEER-Medicare Analysis. J Urol. 2015 Aug; 194(2):378-85. View in: PubMed
Ballas LK, Hu BR, Quinn DI. Chromoplexy and hypoxic microenvironment drives prostate cancer. Lancet Oncol. 2014 Dec; 15(13):1419-21. View in: PubMed
Jhaveri PM, Sun Z, Ballas L, Followill DS, Hoffman KE, Jiang J, Smith BD. Emergence of integrated urology-radiation oncology practices in the State of Texas. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Sep 1; 84(1):15-9. View in: PubMed
Dabaja B, Wang Z, Stovall M, Baker JS, Smith SA, Khan M, Ballas L, Salehpour MR. Involved field radiation for Hodgkin's lymphoma: the actual dose to breasts in close proximity. Med Dosim. 2012; 37(4):374-82. View in: PubMed
Shihadeh F, Reed V, Faderl S, Medeiros LJ, Mazloom A, Hadziahmetovic M, Kantarjian H, Allen P, Ballas L, Pierce S, Dabaja B. Cytogenetic profile of patients with acute myeloid leukemia and central nervous system disease. Cancer. 2012 Jan 1; 118(1):112-7. View in: PubMed
Hei TK, Ballas LK, Brenner DJ, Geard CR. Advances in radiobiological studies using a microbeam. J Radiat Res. 2009 Mar; 50 Suppl A:A7-A12. View in: PubMed
Ballas LK, Elkin EB, Schrag D, Minsky BD, Bach PB. Radiation therapy facilities in the United States. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Nov 15; 66(4):1204-11. View in: PubMed