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We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Naples, FL.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Physicians Regional - Pine Ridge; 6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Michael Katin is a radiation oncologist in Fort Myers, FL, Cape Coral, FL, and Point Charlotte, FL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Lankenau Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Katin attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Fellow, American College Of Physicians; Fellow, American College Of Radiology; and President; Lee County Unit, American Cancer. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lee Memorial Health System, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers, and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda. Dr. Katin's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
955 10th Avenue N
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Timothy Kerwin is a radiation oncology specialist. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kerwin's professional affiliations include Physician Regional Healthcare System and NCH North Naples Hospital.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
820 Goodlette Road North; 21st Century Oncology, Inc
Naples, FL
 

Dr. James Rubenstein is a radiation oncologist. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Punta Gorda. Dr. Rubenstein honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rubenstein speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
820 Goodlette Road N
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Nakfoor is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Nakfoor attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Internal Medicine
820 Goodlette Road N
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Kristina Mirabeau-Beale's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mirabeau-Beale takes. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Mirabeau-Beale is closed to new patients at this time.

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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.