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We found 4 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 specializes in radiation oncology. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Mark completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the following distinction: Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1989-1990. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health and Scott & White Healthcare.

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

Dr. Niraj Pahlajani works as a radiation oncologist in Marble Falls, TX, Waco, TX, and Killeen, TX. Before completing his residency at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Pahlajani attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Pahlajani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Nguyen has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. He obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese.

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

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

Dr. Nancy Bednarz is a specialist in radiation oncology. She works in Waco, TX. She honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bednarz's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. She is professionally 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.