We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Medicare near Joplin, MO.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
100 Mercy Way
Joplin, MO
 

Dr. Duane Myers is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Myers accepts Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO and Via Christi Health.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
100 Mercy Way
Joplin, MO
 

Dr. Jose Pacheco-Gil specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Pacheco-Gil is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO. After attending Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2801 Clearwater Court
Joplin, MO
 

Dr. Richard Jacobs is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Jacobs attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Jacobs trained at Cleveland Clinic. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3411 Mcintosh Circle
Joplin, MO
 

Dr. Barry Driver practices radiation oncology. He takes Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Kentucky 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.
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