We found 7 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 near Lawrenceville, GA.

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Dr. Mark William McCord, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
698 Duluth Highway
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Mark McCord, who practices in Alpharetta, GA, Lawrenceville, GA, and Johns Creek, GA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College of Georgia and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. McCord is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare, Atlanta Oncology Associates, and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
698 Duluth Highway; Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Gary Stillwagon's medical specialty is radiation oncology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stillwagon graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Stillwagon's professional affiliations include Atlanta Oncology Associates and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
311 Philip Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Kelly Drake's medical specialty is radiation oncology. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Drake honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
1770 Presidential Circle; Department of Radiation Oncology
Snellville, GA
 

Dr. Tracy McElveen practices radiation oncology. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McElveen graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
311 Philip Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Leela Maxa is a radiation oncologist. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maxa attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
311 Philip Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Philip Shrake is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shrake graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
311 Philip Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. John Gargus sees patients in Lawrenceville, GA and Decatur, GA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Gargus studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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