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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept MagnaCare near Staten Island, NY.

Dr. Phillip M Vigneri, MD, DO
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Phillip Vigneri is a specialist in radiation oncology. He is affiliated with Staten Island University Hospital - South, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. Dr. Vigneri takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Vigneri attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Vigneri (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Dr. Chika Ngozi Madu, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Chika Madu is a specialist in radiation oncology. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Amerigroup, AARP, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Madu takes. Dr. Madu speaks Spanish. Dr. Madu's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
360 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Marc Adams works as a radiation oncologist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
475 Seaview Avenue; Dept Si Unversity Hosp
Staten Island, NY
 

Dr. Gilbert Lederman is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Staten Island, NY and New York, NY. He takes Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at 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.