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We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept Aetna Bronze HSA Eligible near Houston, TX.

Dr. Andrew Kihyuk Lee MD, MPH
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1840 Old Spanish Trail; Unit 1150
Houston, TX

Dr. Andrew Lee is a radiation oncology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Lee is especially interested in proton therapy. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lee's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Resources and Texas Oncology.

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Clinical interests: Proton Therapy

Dr. Michelle Suzanne Ludwig MD, MPH, PhD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1515 Holcombe Boulevard; Box 0097
Houston, TX
(713) 566-3600; (713) 566-3757

Dr. Michelle Ludwig practices radiation oncology. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ludwig honors. She is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Ludwig speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
9150 S Main Street; Suite A-3
Houston, TX
(713) 630-8181; (713) 398-2153

Dr. Sanjay Mehta's specialty is radiation oncology. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehta 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.