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We found 10 providers matching radiation therapy and who accept CIGNA Network Open Access near Houston, TX.

Dr. Snehal Subodh Desai, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
One Baylor Plaza; Department of Radiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Snehal Desai is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, pancreas problems, and brachytherapy (seed implants). He 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. Dr. Desai graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Desai speaks 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)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 56
  • Uninsured Cost: $329
  • Medicare Cost: $104
Dr. Kathleen Mesbergen Shadle, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street; Suite Ax121b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Shadle is a specialist in radiation oncology. She works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. 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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Shadle include brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and breast cancer. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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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 in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Teh include brachytherapy (seed implants), breast cancer, and brain cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Teh's education and training includes medical school at the University of Queensland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Teh is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 112
  • Uninsured Cost: $322
  • Medicare Cost: $102
Dr. Edward Brian Butler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Radiation Oncology
1130 Earle St. Ax 121b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Edward Butler's specialties are pediatric radiology and radiation oncology. He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Butler's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, pancreas problems, and leukemia. 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. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Butler attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Butler welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Skin Lesions, Head ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $322
  • Medicare Cost: $104
Dr. Clive Ilan Shkedy, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Clive Shkedy is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr. Shkedy's areas of expertise include brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and breast cancer. 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 affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Colon Cancer, Brachytherapy, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 45
  • Uninsured Cost: $322
  • Medicare Cost: $103
Dr. Andrew M Farach, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin St. Db1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Farach is a specialist in radiation oncology. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Farach's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, brachytherapy (seed implants), and breast cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. The average patient rating for Dr. Torre is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Torre takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Torre's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

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

Dr. Jerry Dean Estep Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Estep is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Clinical interests for Dr. Estep include brachytherapy (seed implants), heart transplant, and angioplasty. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Estep is open to 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. Craig Murdoch Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Pratt studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pratt honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

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

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

Dr. John Mahmarian is a specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahmarian's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mahmarian is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at New York Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

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.