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

Dr. Stephen J. M. Banks, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3555 Round Barn Circle; Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Banks is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Banks accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Sutter Health. He welcomes 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 works as a radiation oncologist in Santa Rosa, CA and Petaluma, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Scharfen attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Scharfen is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Scharfen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Frederick David's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He has a special interest in radiation therapy. Dr. David is professionally affiliated with Sutter Health. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage are among the insurance carriers that Dr. David takes. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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

Dr. Ralph Hanahan is a radiation oncologist in Santa Rosa, CA. He attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Hanahan is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and more. He 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.