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Dr. Craig Randall Miercort, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Craig Miercort is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miercort honors.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 130
  • Charge (avg.): $687 - $1,523
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $224 - $393
Dr. Frank Philip Franzese, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Frank Franzese works as a radiation oncologist in Pinellas Park, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Franzese is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU).

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 221
  • Charge (avg.): $687 - $50,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $128 - $1,230
Dr. Henry Earl Cotman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6449 38th Avenue N; Suite C3
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Henry Cotman practices radiation oncology in Saint Petersburg, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cotman is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Dr. Cotman is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)

All Interests: Consultation, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy

Dr. Robert Joseph Miller, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Robert Miller is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Miller completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 169
  • Charge (avg.): $604 - $1,505
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $151 - $393
Dr. Lisa Ann Flaherty, DO
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Flaherty's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. She is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Flaherty honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Gamma Knife radiosurgery

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Cluster Headache, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Megan Dawn Indermaur, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
600 Eighth Street South; Suite B
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Megan Indermaur practices gynecologic oncology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in robotic surgery and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Indermaur graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for her residency. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , radiation therapy

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Genetic Counseling, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Radiation Therapy, ... (Read more)

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What is Radiation Therapy?

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.

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