Bio

Bio


Dr. Zaky is a board certified Radiation Oncologist. She received a Bachelor?s of Science in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering at Marquette University. She worked in research and development as an Engineer, and eventually received a Masters of Science in Immunology from Albany Medical College. Her research thesis focused on a novel therapy to treat hormone-receptor positive breast cancer. She continued to study breast cancer with her research during her Radiation Oncology residency; she integrated her research in the laboratory with her clinical research in triple-negative breast cancer. Since completing residency, she has worked as a general radiation oncologist, and her special interests include breast cancer, skin cancer, CNS tumors and stereotactic radiotherapy.

Clinical Focus


  • Radiation Oncology

Academic Appointments


Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Guidelines Committee Member, ASTRO (2014 - Present)
  • Member, ASTRO (2010 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Residency:Emory University Radiation Oncology Residency (2010) GA
  • Internship:Emory University Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency (2006) GA
  • Medical Education:Albany Medical College (2005) NY
  • Board Certification: Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology (2012)

Publications

All Publications


  • In Reply to the American Academy of Dermatology Letter Regarding: Definitive and Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Basal and Squamous Cell Cancers of the Skin: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline. Practical radiation oncology Bradfield, L., Likhacheva, A., Petit, J. H., Zaky, S., Devlin, P. M. 2020

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.prro.2020.01.010

    View details for PubMedID 32035246

  • Definitive and Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Basal and Squamous Cell Cancers of the Skin: Executive Summary of an American Society for Radiation Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline. Practical radiation oncology Likhacheva, A., Awan, M., Barker, C. A., Bhatnagar, A., Bradfield, L., Brady, M. S., Buzurovic, I., Geiger, J. L., Parvathaneni, U., Zaky, S., Devlin, P. M. 2019

    Abstract

    PURPOSE: This guideline reviews the evidence for the use of definitive and postoperative radiation therapy (RT) in patients with basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC).METHODS: The American Society for Radiation Oncology convened a task force to address 5 key questions focused on indications for RT in the definitive and postoperative setting for BCC and cSCC, as well as dose-fractionation schemes, target volumes, basic aspects of treatment planning, choice of radiation modality, and the role of systemic therapy in combination with radiation. Recommendations were based on a systematic literature review and created using a predefined consensus-building methodology and system for grading evidence quality and recommendation strength.RESULTS: The guideline recommends definitive RT as primary treatment for patients with BCC and cSCC who are not surgical candidates while conditionally recommending RT with an emphasis on shared decision-making in those situations in which adequate resection can lead to a less than satisfactory cosmetic or functional outcome. In the postoperative setting, a number of indications for RT after an adequate resection are provided while distinguishing the strength of the recommendations between BCC and cSCC. One key question is dedicated to defining indications for regional nodal irradiation. The task force suggests a range of appropriate dose-fractionation schemes for treatment of primary and nodal volumes in definitive and postoperative scenarios. The guideline also recommends against the use of carboplatin concurrently with adjuvant RT and conditionally recommends the use of systemic therapies for unresectable primaries where treatment may need escalation.CONCLUSIONS: Defining the role of RT in the management of BCC and cSCC has been hindered by a lack of high-quality evidence. This document synthesizes available evidence to define practice guidelines for the most common clinical situations. We encourage practitioners to enroll patients in prospective trials and to approach care in a multidisciplinary fashion whenever possible.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.prro.2019.10.014

    View details for PubMedID 31831330

  • Palliative thoracic radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer: 2018 Update of an American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Evidence-Based Guideline PRACTICAL RADIATION ONCOLOGY Moeller, B., Balagamwala, E. H., Chen, A., Creach, K. M., Giaccone, G., Koshy, M., Zaky, S., Rodrigues, G. 2018; 8 (4): 245?50

    Abstract

    To revise the recommendation on the use of concurrent chemotherapy (CC) with palliative thoracic external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) made in the original 2011 American Society for Radiation Oncology guideline on palliative thoracic radiation for lung cancer.Based on a systematic PubMed search showing new evidence for this key question, the task force felt an update was merited. Guideline recommendations were created using a predefined consensus-building methodology supported by American Society for Radiation Oncology-approved tools for grading evidence quality and recommendation strength.Although few randomized clinical trials address the question of CC combined with palliative thoracic EBRT for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a strong consensus was reached among the task force on recommendations for incurable stage III and IV NSCLC. For patients with stage III NSCLC deemed unsuitable for curative therapy but who are (1) candidates for chemotherapy, (2) have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group PS of 0 to 2, and (3) have a life expectancy of at least 3 months, administration of a platinum-containing chemotherapy doublet concurrently with moderately hypofractionated palliative thoracic radiation therapy is recommended over treatment with either modality alone. For patients with stage IV NSCLC, routine use of concurrent thoracic chemoradiation is not recommended.Optimal palliation of patients with incurable NSCLC requires coordinated interdisciplinary care. Recent data establish a rationale for CC with palliative thoracic EBRT for a well-defined subset of patients with incurable stage III NSCLC. For all other patients with incurable NSCLC, data remain insufficient to support this treatment approach.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.prro.2018.02.009

    View details for Web of Science ID 000436836900016

    View details for PubMedID 29625898

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