We found 4 providers matching radiation therapy and who accept First Health near Guilford, CT.
Dr. James Yu's specialty is radiation oncology. After attending Yale School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Yu completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Griffin Hospital. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy (seed implants), Gamma Knife radiosurgery
All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, Brain Cancer, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Susan Higgins works as a radiation oncologist in New Haven, CT and Guilford, CT. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Higgins studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She trained at St. Mary's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Yale University for residency. Dr. Higgins honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Gamma Knife radiosurgery, interstitial brachytherapy
All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Anal Cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Peter Glazer is a radiation oncologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, hodgkin's lymphoma, and radiation therapy. Dr. Glazer is affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Glazer attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Glazer accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is accepting new patients.
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All Interests: Radiation Therapy, Tumor, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Jeffrey Weinreb is a specialist in diagnostic radiology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Weinreb completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.
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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Penile Cancer, MRI, Breast Issues, Abdominal Imaging, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)
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Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses high energy rays to treat tumors or cancer. Radiation damages the DNA of cancer cells, killing them or making it impossible for them to divide and for cancer to spread. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with surgery or other treatments, such as chemotherapy. It is an option for tumors that cannot be easily accessed surgically, such as those at the base of the skull, and it can be used following surgical cancer treatment to remove remaining cancerous tissue and prevent recurrence of cancer. Sometimes radiation therapy is used as a palliative treatment to shrink tumors. Rather than cure your condition, palliative treatments treat symptoms, such as pain caused by spinal tumors and problems with eating or drinking caused by esophageal tumors.
The type of therapy you receive will depend on the size, type, and location of your tumor or cancer, as well as the sensitivity of the surrounding healthy tissue, your age, and your medical history. Radiation treatment may be delivered in two ways:
- Internally, meaning radioactive material is placed inside of your body. Brachytherapy is a commonly used method of internal radiation therapy. Using catheters or needles, radioactive seeds or pellets are placed inside the body, and over the course of several weeks or a few months, the seeds will deliver radiation. Permanent brachytherapy leaves the seeds in your body permanently without causing side effects while temporary brachytherapy removes them after a treatment session.
- Externally, using a machine that aims radiation beams outside of your body. External radiation therapy is also known as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). There are several types of EBRT, which differ in intensity and type of beams used. EBRT can be done before surgery (preoperatively), during surgery (intraoperatively), or after surgery (post-operatively).
Before you undergo radiation therapy, a team of medical professionals, including a radiation oncologist, will work with you to determine a treatment plan. This will involve mapping the area around the tumor or cancer, determining proper positioning for treatment delivery, and determining dosage. Treatment delivery will occur in sessions over the course of several weeks or months, depending on the type and size of cancer and its location in the body, among other factors.
Although radiation therapy aims to target only cancerous cells, damage to normal healthy cells may occur. You might experience side effects from radiation during treatment or in the months and years following it. They are dependent on the areas treated and may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin irritation, hair loss, memory loss, and infertility. Your oncologist will take into account the amount of radiation that different areas of your body can receive safely while determining your treatment plan.