We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept BlueSelect Essential 1452 near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Lawrence Bruce Berk, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Berk works as a radiation oncologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Berk graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Berk include bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). 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. Dr. Berk is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vivian Denise Griffin, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3402 W. Dr. Mlk Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Vivian Griffin practices radiation oncology in New Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She 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. Dr. Griffin's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3402 W. Dr. Mlk Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sawsan Bishay is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Bishay takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Bishay trained at New York Methodist Hospital. She is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Bishay is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Bayfront Health Spring Hill, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Dr. Janelle Lira Park, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3402 W. Dr. Mlk Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Janelle Park is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Park is affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Park honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Park studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Park (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish.

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Dr. William Abdel-Sayed Assad, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
601 S Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. William Assad's specialty is 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. Assad attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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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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