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Dr. Robert Fritz Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
2000 Southeast Blue Parkway; Suite 120
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Robert Smith is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include prostate brachytherapy. Dr. Smith honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare Plans. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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All Interests: Prostate Brachytherapy

Dr. Robert Louis Talley, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 240
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Robert Talley is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Talley's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Talley attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Talley is professionally affiliated with 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
2000 Se Blue Parkway; #165
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Larry Rosen's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Lees Summit, MO and Independence, MO. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosen include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, CorVel, and more. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include 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. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 165
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Aruna Rokkam is an oncologist and hematologist in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Rokkam average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rokkam's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center. Dr. Rokkam is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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

Dr. Peter Basta, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2000 South East Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Peter Basta's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Basta include brain aneurysm, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and spinal fracture. Dr. Basta honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, Dr. Basta completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Complex Spine ... (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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