We found 6 radiation oncologists near Mesa, AZ.

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

Dr. Mark McLaughlin is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology and hematology (blood disorders). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Shands HealthCare, Dr. McLaughlin attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, WellStar Paulding Hospital, and Cartersville Medical Center.

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Dr. Kurt Andrew Wharton, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Kurt Wharton's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Wharton's education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. His professional affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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Dr. John Joseph Kresl, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. John Kresl is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Estrella Medical Center. Dr. Kresl is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Kresl takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
10386 N 9th Place
Scottsdale, AZ
 

Dr. John Shaw's specialty is radiation oncology. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at LDS Hospital. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1400 S Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
 

Dr. Thomas Taylor's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Lauren Stegman practices radiation oncology. His professional affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Phoenix Children's Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stegman accepts. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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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.