We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Health Net Federal near Stony Brook, NY.

Dr. Edward Scott Valentine, MBA, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Department of Radiation Oncology; Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Edward Valentine specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Stony Brook, NY. In addition to English, he speaks French. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Dr. Valentine is affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Valentine takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues, Brain Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Radiation ... (Read more)

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stessin include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), lung cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Stessin studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. He is in-network for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Samuel Ryu practices radiation oncology in Stony Brook, NY. Dr. Ryu honors HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Kyungpook National University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ryu completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Ryu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish.

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

Dr. Craig Grossman works as a radiation oncologist in Stony Brook, NY. Dr. Grossman's clinical interests include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and rectal cancer. He is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Thyroid ... (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.
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