We found 4 providers matching radiation therapy and who accept US Family Health Plan 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 is a radiation oncologist in Stony Brook, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Valentine include rectal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Dr. Valentine honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), radiation therapy

All 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, who practices in Stony Brook, NY, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), lung cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma. He honors several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Stessin attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), radiation therapy

All 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. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and rectal cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before completing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Grossman attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Relevant Interests: , intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy (seed implants), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), radiation therapy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Massimiliano Spaliviero, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
Hsc Level 9 Urology; Room 040
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Massimiliano Spaliviero is a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). In addition to English, Dr. Spaliviero (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Hebrew, and Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Spaliviero's clinical interests: bladder cancer, partial nephrectomy, and clinical trials. After completing medical school at the University of Milan Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is in-network for HealthSmart, Coventry, Viant, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Research, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, ... (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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