We found 3 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Pensacola, FL.

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Robert Marcus Jr MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1545 Airport Boulevard; Suite 1000
Pensacola, FL

Dr. Robert Marcus' medical specialty is radiation oncology. His clinical interests encompass proton therapy, tumor, and prostate cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Marcus attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Marcus has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America; Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctor's; and Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors for Cancer.. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Clinical interests: Proton Therapy, Cancer, Tumor, Radiation Therapy, Prostate Cancer

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1717 N E Street; Suite 134
Pensacola, FL

Dr. Joseph Weaver practices radiation oncology in Pensacola, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weaver completed a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1545 Airport Boulevard; Suite 1000
Pensacola, FL

Dr. Gerald Lowrey is a radiation oncology specialist in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Lowrey accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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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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