We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Cameron Park, CA.

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Dr. Sharon Dutton M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
3581 Palmer Drive; Suite 303
Cameron Park, CA
 

Dr. Sharon Dutton practices radiation oncology. In her practice, Dr. Dutton focuses on radiation therapy. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dutton is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dr. Dutton's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Brian John Goldsmith M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 4.5 stars (12 ratings)
3581 Palmer Drive; Suite 303
Cameron Park, CA
 

Dr. Brian Goldsmith's area of specialization is radiation oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Goldsmith is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass radiation therapy. Dr. Goldsmith is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Goldsmith studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3581 Palmer Drive; Suite 303
Cameron Park, CA
 

Dr. Franklin Banker is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Cameron Park, CA. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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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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