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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Harvey, IL.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1 Ingalls Drive
Harvey, IL
 

Dr. Sulochana Yalavarthi is a specialist in radiation oncology. She studied medicine at Guntur Medical College. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Gregorio M Tolentino Jr., MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2310 York Street; Suite M
Blue Island, IL
 

Dr. Gregorio Tolentino is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He is affiliated with MetroSouth Medical Center. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Tolentino attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
17750 S. Kedzie Avenue
Hazelcrest, IL
 

Dr. Jayant Ginde is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago).

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1 Ingalls Drive
Harvey, IL
 

Dr. Shankar Sanwalani is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanwalani takes.

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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.