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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Bronze 6450/HMO Premier near Rochester, MN.

Dr. Robert Carlysle Miller, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 1st Street Sw
Rochester, MN
 

Dr. Robert Miller's area of specialization is radiation oncology. His areas of clinical interest consist of lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Miller accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at Mayo Clinic and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is affiliated with Mayo Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer

Dr. Larry Robert Past, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 1st Street Sw
Rochester, MN
 

Dr. Larry Past specializes in radiation oncology. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Past accepts. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Past completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is affiliated with Mayo Clinic.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 1st Street Sw
Rochester, MN
 

Dr. David Schwartz's medical specialty is radiation oncology. He is affiliated with Mayo Clinic. Dr. Schwartz accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at Mayo Medical School.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 1st Street Sw
Rochester, MN
 

Dr. Abigail Stockham's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Stockham is professionally affiliated with Mayo Clinic. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College 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.