We found 7 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Sarasota, FL.

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Dr. Gray Gray Bowen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Gray Swor is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Swor is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Dr. Swor graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Swor trained at Duke University Medical Center for Dr. Swor's residency. Dr. Swor accepts 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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Dr. John E Sylvester, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
8946 77th Terrace E
Lakewood Ranch, FL
 

Dr. John Sylvester practices radiation oncology. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sylvester accepts. Dr. Sylvester studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.

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Dr. Alan Harry Porter, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3663 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Alan Porter is a radiation oncology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Porter average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Porter attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school.

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Dr. Tyler Rowland Hollen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Tyler Hollen, who practices in Englewood, FL and Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hollen is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Dr. Larry N Silverman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Larry Silverman specializes in 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 graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Silverman is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Dr. Stephen J Patrice, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Patrice, who practices in Sarasota, FL, Fort Myers, FL, and Venice, FL, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Dr. Dwight L Fitch, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3210 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Dwight Fitch is a radiation oncology specialist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Fitch performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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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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