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We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Payson, AZ.

Dr. Rufus James Mark, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
807 S. Ponderosa
Payson, AZ
 

Dr. Rufus Mark is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mark trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mark has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1989-1990. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health and Scott & White Healthcare.

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Dr. John Arthur Dover, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
807 S Ponderosa
Payson, AZ
 

Dr. John Dover's medical specialty is radiation oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Integrated Medical Services (IMS). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dover honors. Dr. Dover's education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at Letterman Army Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.

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Dr. John Joseph Kresl, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
807 S. Ponderosa
Payson, AZ
 

Dr. John Kresl practices radiation oncology in Glendale, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Scottsdale, AZ. His professional affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Estrella Medical Center. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kresl honors.

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Dr. Kurt Andrew Wharton, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
807 S. Ponderosa
Payson, AZ
 

Dr. Kurt Wharton specializes in radiation oncology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. Dr. Wharton's hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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Dr. Lauren Daniel Stegman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
807 S. Ponderosa
Payson, AZ
 

Dr. Lauren Stegman is a radiation oncologist in Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, and Glendale, AZ. He is professionally affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Phoenix Children's Hospital. Dr. Stegman is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, 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.