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Dr. Robert Fritz Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
19001 E 48th Street S
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Robert Smith practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. He has a special interest in prostate brachytherapy. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Prostate Brachytherapy

Dr. Robert Louis Talley, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
3889 South Jackson Drive
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Robert Talley is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Talley takes. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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All Interests: Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Thyroid Cancer, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Clinical Trials, Bone Marrow ... (Read more)

Dr. Larry A Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
19550 E 39th Street S; Suite 400
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Larry Rosen is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Lees Summit, MO and Independence, MO. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosen's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and CorVel. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Breast Pain, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Aspiration, PET Scan, Gynecologic Cancer, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
3889 S. Jackson Drive
Independence, MO
 

Dr. Aruna Rokkam's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). She practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Dr. Rokkam is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Rokkam completed residency programs at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Clinical interests for Dr. Rokkam include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rokkam's hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center.

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All Interests: Breast Pain, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Kyphoplasty, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Laminotomy, ... (Read more)

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What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses high energy rays to treat tumors or cancer. Radiation damages the DNA of cancer cells, killing them or making it impossible for them to divide and for cancer to spread. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with surgery or other treatments, such as chemotherapy. It is an option for tumors that cannot be easily accessed surgically, such as those at the base of the skull, and it can be used following surgical cancer treatment to remove remaining cancerous tissue and prevent recurrence of cancer. Sometimes radiation therapy is used as a palliative treatment to shrink tumors. Rather than cure your condition, palliative treatments treat symptoms, such as pain caused by spinal tumors and problems with eating or drinking caused by esophageal tumors.

The type of therapy you receive will depend on the size, type, and location of your tumor or cancer, as well as the sensitivity of the surrounding healthy tissue, your age, and your medical history. Radiation treatment may be delivered in two ways:

  • Internally, meaning radioactive material is placed inside of your body. Brachytherapy is a commonly used method of internal radiation therapy. Using catheters or needles, radioactive seeds or pellets are placed inside the body, and over the course of several weeks or a few months, the seeds will deliver radiation. Permanent brachytherapy leaves the seeds in your body permanently without causing side effects while temporary brachytherapy removes them after a treatment session.
  • Externally, using a machine that aims radiation beams outside of your body. External radiation therapy is also known as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). There are several types of EBRT, which differ in intensity and type of beams used. EBRT can be done before surgery (preoperatively), during surgery (intraoperatively), or after surgery (post-operatively).

Before you undergo radiation therapy, a team of medical professionals, including a radiation oncologist, will work with you to determine a treatment plan. This will involve mapping the area around the tumor or cancer, determining proper positioning for treatment delivery, and determining dosage. Treatment delivery will occur in sessions over the course of several weeks or months, depending on the type and size of cancer and its location in the body, among other factors.

Although radiation therapy aims to target only cancerous cells, damage to normal healthy cells may occur. You might experience side effects from radiation during treatment or in the months and years following it. They are dependent on the areas treated and may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin irritation, hair loss, memory loss, and infertility. Your oncologist will take into account the amount of radiation that different areas of your body can receive safely while determining your treatment plan.

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