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We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Silver near Galveston, TX.

Dr. Sandra Sue Hatch, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard; 1.400 Mccullough
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Sandra Hatch sees patients in Galveston, TX, League City, TX, and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hatch include cancer. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hatch studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Hatch is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Martin Colman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine
301 University Boulevard; Department of Radiation Oncology
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Martin Colman practices radiation oncology and nuclear medicine. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Colman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. For his professional training, Dr. Colman completed a residency program at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Dr. Colman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian.

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Dr. Melissa M Joyner, MBA, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Melissa Joyner is a specialist in radiation oncology. In her practice, Dr. Joyner focuses on cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Joyner attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Joyner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Joyner's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Todd Allen Swanson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Todd Swanson's specialty is radiation oncology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Swanson is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Ivan Kessel's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Kessel is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kessel honors. He attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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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.