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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Anthem PPO near Santa Rosa, CA.

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Dr. Stephen J. M. Banks, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Banks sees patients in Saint Helena, CA and Santa Rosa, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Banks is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Banks is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Sutter Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Cindy Okada Scharfen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3555 Round Barn Circle
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Cindy Scharfen is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Scharfen graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Scharfen is affiliated with Sutter Health. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Frederick Charles David, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3555 Round Barn Circle
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Frederick David works as a radiation oncologist. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. David attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. David is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. David's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3555 Round Barn Circle
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Ralph Hanahan is a radiation oncology specialist. He attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hanahan is affiliated with Sutter Health.

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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.