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

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

Dr. Mark McCord works as a radiation oncologist in Alpharetta, GA and Lawrenceville, GA. His professional affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, WellStar, and Atlanta Oncology Associates. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing 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 medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.

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Dr. Gary Bouldin Stillwagon, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
698 Duluth Highway; Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Gary Stillwagon is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Stillwagon studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Shrake graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Kelly Drake is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Drake obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Drake accepts.

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

Dr. Tracy McElveen's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. McElveen honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Dr. John Gargus, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
311 Philip Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. John Gargus' area of specialization is radiation oncology. He attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Gargus is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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

Dr. Leela Maxa is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. She honors 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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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.