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We found 4 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's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mark attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Mark is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1989-1990. Dr. Mark is professionally affiliated with Banner Health and Scott & White Healthcare.

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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. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Kresl is professionally affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner Estrella Medical Center.

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

Dr. Kurt Wharton is a radiation oncology specialist in Glendale, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Wharton's hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Lauren Stegman practices radiation oncology in Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, and Glendale, AZ. Dr. Stegman is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional 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.