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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept CIGNA Plans near Stony Brook, NY.

Dr. Tae Lyong Park MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
University Hospital L2
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-2210; (631) 638-1000

Dr. Tae Park is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Park (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Korean, and Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Park is affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center. He graduated from Kyungpook National University School of Medicine. Dr. Park trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Park accepts.

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Clinical interests: 3 Dimensional Conformal Therap, Adult Brain Tumors, Brachytherapy, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Samuel Ryu MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
101 Nicolls Road; Levle 2 Radiation Oncology
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-4000; (631) 444-7770

Dr. Samuel Ryu is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Ryu honors several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. He studied medicine at Kyungpook National University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Ryu has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Ryu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish.

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Dr. Alexander Michael Stessin MD, PhD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
101 Nicolls Road; Department of Radiation Oncology Stony Brook Univ
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-2210

Dr. Alexander Stessin works as a radiation oncologist. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, stereotactic radiosurgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. He honors HealthSmart, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. Dr. Stessin's education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Clinical interests: 3 Dimensional Conformal Therap, Adult Brain Tumors, Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor), Brain Tumor, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-4000; (631) 444-2325

Dr. Craig Grossman is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Grossman trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.