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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. John Barrett's specialty is radiation oncology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barrett studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Barrett trained at Evanston Hospital, National Cancer Institute, and McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1730 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Sandra Sha is a specialist in radiation oncology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Sha accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Michael Shevach is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Shevach takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Kris Guerrier is a specialist in radiation oncology. She works in Lakeland, FL. Dr. Guerrier is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Howard University Hospital's residency program. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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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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