We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Bronze near Waco, TX.

Dr. Rufus James Mark, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
150 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Rufus Mark's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Dr. Mark is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mark honors. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mark has received the following distinction: Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1989-1990.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1700 West Avenue; #6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Juan Godinez-Puebla specializes in radiation oncology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Godinez-Puebla speaks Spanish. Dr. Godinez-Puebla is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology and Winter Haven Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Niraj Hiro Pahlajani, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
150 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Niraj Pahlajani is a radiation oncologist in Waco, TX, Killeen, TX, and Marble Falls, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Pahlajani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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Clinical interests: Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Breast Cancer

Dr. Dominic Dung Nguyen, MBA, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Dominic Nguyen practices radiation oncology in Waco, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Nguyen attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is conversant in Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Brain ... (Read more)

Dr. Nancy McBryde Bednarz, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Nancy Bednarz's area of specialization is radiation oncology. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. Dr. Bednarz is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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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