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
One Baylor Plaza; Department of Radiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Snehal Desai is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, pancreas problems, and brachytherapy (seed implants). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Desai attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Desai 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's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Shadle's areas of expertise include the following: brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and breast cancer. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shadle accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Shadle graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric radiology and radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: brachytherapy (seed implants), testicular cancer, and breast cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Teh attended medical school at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Teh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting 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 medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Farach's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, brachytherapy (seed implants), and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Farach trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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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. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Torre include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Torre's professional affiliations include Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Torre accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He attended medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. 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. Jerry Dean Estep Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Estep's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Estep at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: brachytherapy (seed implants), heart transplant, and angioplasty. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Dr. Estep is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult cardiology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Pratt is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pratt's areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Pratt is accepting 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 physician who specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. Dr. Mahmarian has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Mahmarian attended medical school at New York Medical College. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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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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