We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept CIGNA Plans near Stony Brook, NY.

Dr. Samuel Ryu, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
101 Nicolls Road; Levle 2 Radiation Oncology
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Samuel Ryu is a radiation oncology specialist. He is in-network for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Ryu has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Ryu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish.

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Dr. Alexander Michael Stessin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
101 Nicolls Road; Department of Radiation Oncology Stony Brook Univ
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Alexander Stessin is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Stessin's clinical interests include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), lung cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma. He takes HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Breast Issues, Brain ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Eli Grossman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Hospital Level 2
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Craig Grossman is a radiation oncologist in Stony Brook, NY. These areas are among Dr. Grossman's clinical interests: bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and rectal cancer. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grossman honors. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Thyroid Cancer, Tumor, ... (Read more)

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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.