We found 8 providers matching radiation therapy and who accept CIGNA Network Open Access near Houston, TX.

Dr. Snehal Subodh Desai, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street; Dunn Tower 1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Snehal Desai is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Desai's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, pancreas problems, and brachytherapy (seed implants). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Desai's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Main Campus and Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Lymphoma, Skin Lesions, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Mesbergen Shadle, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street; Suite Ax121b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Shadle is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. She attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has indicated that her clinical interests include brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Shadle is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shadle's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Brachytherapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Bin Sing Teh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Db 1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bin Teh practices pediatric radiology and radiation oncology. After attending the University of Queensland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: brachytherapy (seed implants), testicular cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Teh accepts. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Teh's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Brain Tumor, Brachytherapy, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 112
  • Charge (avg.): $322
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $102
Dr. Andrew M Farach, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin St. Db1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Farach is a radiation oncologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Farach include bladder cancer, brachytherapy (seed implants), and breast cancer. Dr. Farach takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Farach attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Brachytherapy, Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Guillermo A Torre-Amione, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Torre's clinical interests include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. His professional affiliations include Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital. He studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torre accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig M Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Pratt is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Pratt studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerry D Estep, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Estep sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Estep attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Estep's clinical interests: brachytherapy (seed implants), heart transplant, and angioplasty. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Estep takes. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. John Joseph Mahmarian, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Mahmarian's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. Dr. Mahmarian takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahmarian is a graduate of New York Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Aneurysm, Surgical ... (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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