We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Advantage Gold HMO 015 near Irving, TX.

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Dr. Jessamy Anne Boyd, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Radiology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Jessamy Boyd's medical specialty is radiation oncology and nuclear radiology. Her education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Boyd honors. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

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Dr. Barry Neal Wilcox, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
2021 North Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 400
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Barry Wilcox is a radiation oncology and medical oncology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gamma knife radiosurgery. Dr. Wilcox's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Granger Ryan Scruggs, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2021 North Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 400
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Granger Scruggs is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Scruggs's clinical interests include lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Scruggs's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Uterine Cancer, High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, ... (Read more)

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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.
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