We found 7 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Daytona Beach, FL.

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Dr. Gerald H Sokol, MD
Specializes in Clinical Pharmacology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
7651 Medical Center Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Sokol is a clinical pharmacologist, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sokol has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, BayCare Health System, and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland, Dr. Sokol attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Sokol is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
7651 Medical Center Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Matzkowitz is a radiation oncology specialist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Matzkowitz speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
303 N Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Krochak is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Krochak attended the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: F.R.C.P.(C), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
303 N Clyde Morris Boulevard; Radiation Oncology Department
Daytona Beach, FL
 

Dr. Joyce Battle practices radiation oncology. Dr. Battle studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Battle average 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
303 N Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL
 

Dr. Charles Hechtman is a radiation oncology specialist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
303 N Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL
 

Dr. Brad Factor practices radiation oncology in Daytona Beach, FL. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1620 Mason Avenue; Suite E
Daytona Beach, FL
 

Dr. Michael Pirkowski specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Daytona Beach, FL. Dr. Pirkowski graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.
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