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

Dr. Craig Miercort's specialty is radiation oncology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Miercort attended medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Miercort completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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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
1201 5th Avenue N; Suite 130
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Frank Franzese is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Pinellas Park, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. Patients rated Dr. Franzese highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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

Dr. Robert Miller works as a radiation oncologist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at 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). Dr. Miller's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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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. Debra Elaine Freeman, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Radiation Oncology
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Debra Freeman practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and radiation oncology in Naples, FL, Tampa, FL, and Pinellas Park, FL. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital (Georgia). After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Freeman completed her residency training at Shands HealthCare. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Freeman takes 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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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 114
  • Charge (avg.): $687 - $50,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $76 - $1,230

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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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