We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept United Healthcare Compass near Tyler, TX.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
11937 Us Hwy 271
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Lewis Smith's specialty is radiation oncology. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Smith takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Mark Saunders is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Tyler, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saunders honors. Dr. Saunders is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
721 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Gilroy sees patients in Tyler, TX. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Gilroy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gilroy trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He 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.

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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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