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

Dr. Robert Smith is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include prostate brachytherapy. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare Plans, and more.

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

Dr. Larry Rosen sees patients in Lees Summit, MO and Independence, MO. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosen include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, CorVel, and more. Dr. Rosen graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Rosen is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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

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

Dr. Robert Talley practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Lees Summit, MO and Independence, MO. Dr. Talley studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Aruna Rokkam, who practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO, is a medical specialist in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Before performing her residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rokkam attended NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College for medical school. Dr. Rokkam's clinical interests include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit 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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