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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Kurt Wharton works as a radiation oncologist in Glendale, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Wharton is professionally affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wharton accepts. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona.

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Dr. Mark Paul McLaughlin, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other, Diagnostic Radiology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Mark McLaughlin is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology and diagnostic radiology. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Shands HealthCare, Dr. McLaughlin attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He is affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, WellStar Paulding Hospital, and Cartersville Medical Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. John Kresl specializes in radiation oncology and diagnostic radiology. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kresl accepts. Before performing his residency at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Kresl attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kresl's hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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Dr. Lauren Daniel Stegman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Lauren Stegman is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's residency program. Dr. Stegman honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the safe use of radiation to treat cancer. Usually, they will manage a patient’s entire radiation treatment, from the imaging that will guide decisions, to the choices about what kind of radiation therapy to use.

Radiation is one of the few substances that can kill cancer cells and even shrink tumors. It does this by damaging DNA. When DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, cells can no longer reproduce, and they stop growing and die. Cancer cells are more susceptible to radiation than healthy tissue, because they reproduce faster. So typically, cancer cells exposed to radiation will be affected faster than healthy cells will. However it’s still important to protect healthy tissue as much as possible.

There are three ways that radiation can be delivered to the body. It can come from outside the body, delivered by a machine in much the same way x-rays are taken. This is called external-beam radiation. Sometimes the radiation is delivered internally, which is called brachytherapy. Tiny pellets of radioactive material are placed directly onto the cancer, where they can release radiation for a period of time. Some cancers are best treated systemically, with radioactive substances that travel through the bloodstream. Radiation oncologists decide which type of radiation therapy is best, developing a treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the benefits of the radiation while minimizing the risk to any healthy tissue.

Radiation oncologists may work with other kinds of physicians, such as medical oncologists or surgeons, to treat their patients. Sometimes patients are anxious about radiation therapy because it sounds dangerous. But radiation therapy won’t turn you radioactive. It’s safe, and so effective against many different types of cancer that it is one of the most common cancer treatments. Depending on the treatment, it may not even have noticeable side effects.

Radiation oncologists can be important allies in your fight against cancer.
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