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 is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Alpharetta, GA and Lawrenceville, GA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. McCord attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, WellStar, and Atlanta Oncology Associates.

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

Dr. Gary Stillwagon, who practices in Lawrenceville, GA, Atlanta, GA, and Decatur, GA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Stillwagon accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar, Atlanta Oncology Associates, and Atlanta Medical Center.

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

Dr. Philip Shrake, who practices in Lawrenceville, GA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Kelly Drake's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Drake's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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

Dr. Tracy McElveen is a specialist in radiation oncology. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Leela Maxa practices radiation oncology. She studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maxa accepts.

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

Dr. John Gargus is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Gargus is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine.

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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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