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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Gray Swor is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Swor accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Swor graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Swor's training includes residency programs at Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Swor is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
8946 77th Terrace E
Lakewood Ranch, FL
 

Dr. John Sylvester works as a radiation oncologist in Venice, FL and Lakewood Ranch, FL. Dr. Sylvester is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He takes 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
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Larry Silverman is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Silverman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). His professional affiliations include Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Patrice is a radiation oncology specialist in Sarasota, FL, Port Charlotte, FL, and Punta Gorda, FL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patrice is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patrice trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Patrice is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Dwight Fitch practices radiation oncology in Sarasota, FL, Port Charlotte, FL, and Venice, FL. Dr. Fitch accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3663 Bee Ridge Road; 21st Century Oncology - Sarasota - Sarasota
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Alan Porter's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Porter at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Porter's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Tyler Hollen's specialty is radiation oncology. 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 attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Shands HealthCare for residency. Dr. Hollen is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte.

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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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