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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Boynton Beach, FL.

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Dr. Jerome Julian Spunberg, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Ent. A.; Suite 960
Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. Jerome Spunberg is a radiation oncologist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Boynton Beach, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Spunberg attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Spunberg include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He speaks French. His professional affiliations include Bethesda Health, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, and Palms West Hospital.

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Dr. James Thomas Parsons, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2815 S Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. James Parsons is a radiation oncology specialist in Boynton Beach, FL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Parsons graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Bethesda Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Allie Marie Garcia-Serra, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
607 Renaissance Lane
Delray Beach, FL

Dr. Allie Garcia-Serra is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Garcia-Serra is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Garcia-Serra is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2301 W Woolbright Road
Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. Philip Duncan is a radiation oncologist in Boynton Beach, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Duncan studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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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.