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

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

Dr. Vivian Griffin is a radiation oncologist in New Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Griffin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues

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

Dr. Lawrence Berk is a radiation oncology specialist in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). Dr. Berk takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Janelle Park's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Park is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Park accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Park studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Park (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish.

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

Dr. Sawsan Bishay is a radiation oncology specialist in Spring Hill, FL, Tampa, FL, and Brooksville, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Dr. Bishay is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Bayfront Health Spring Hill, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. She attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Bishay 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.

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

Dr. William Assad sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Assad is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with 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.