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We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept United Healthcare Compass near Tyler, TX.

Dr. Mark Wayne Saunders, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
910 East Houston Street; Suite 100
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Mark Saunders is a radiation oncologist in Tyler, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Saunders is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
11937 Us Hwy 271
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Lewis Smith is a radiation oncology specialist in Tyler, TX. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Smith's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University 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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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
721 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Heidi McKellar's area of specialization is radiation oncology. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McKellar attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Dr. Jeffrey Scott Gilroy, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
721 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Gilroy is a radiation oncologist in Athens, TX and Tyler, TX. Dr. Gilroy attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with ETMC First Physicians.

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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.