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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
325 N 5th Street
Allentown, PA
 

Dr. Nalini Mehta is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mehta average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her professional affiliations include Geisinger, Abington Health, and Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Mehta honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Dr. Mehta has an open panel. She is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College. She completed her residency training at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2545 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Steven Perch's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Perch attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Charles Franklin Andrews, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2545 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Charles Andrews is a radiation oncologist in Allentown, PA and Bethlehem, PA. Dr. Andrews is professionally affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Dr. Nicholas Michael Cardiges, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
801 Ostrum Street; Radiation Oncology Department
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Nicholas Cardiges is a specialist in radiation oncology. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Cardiges studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
801 Ostrum Street; Radiation Oncology Department
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Grace Fan's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Fan is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Camilo Alcoseba sees patients in Bethlehem, PA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alcoseba honors.

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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.