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Dr. Robert Rao, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
800 West Central Road; Suite 5000
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Robert Rao is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Dr. Rao's areas of expertise include the following: breast cancer surgery, minor surgery, and thyroid surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rao is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (CyberKnife)

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Minor Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. William S Suhr, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
880 W. Central Road; Suite 7100
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. William Suhr's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Suhr's medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In his practice, Dr. Suhr focuses on stent placement (stenting) and angioplasty. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Suhr speaks Korean. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Brachytherapy, Angioplasty

Dr. Sean Patrick Barnett, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
880 West Central Road; Suite #5000
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Sean Barnett's medical specialty is general surgery. His clinical interests include breast cancer surgery, minor surgery, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Barnett's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Barnett attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Barnett has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (CyberKnife)

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Minor Surgery, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Robotic ... (Read more)

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What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses high energy rays to treat tumors or cancer. Radiation damages the DNA of cancer cells, killing them or making it impossible for them to divide and for cancer to spread. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with surgery or other treatments, such as chemotherapy. It is an option for tumors that cannot be easily accessed surgically, such as those at the base of the skull, and it can be used following surgical cancer treatment to remove remaining cancerous tissue and prevent recurrence of cancer. Sometimes radiation therapy is used as a palliative treatment to shrink tumors. Rather than cure your condition, palliative treatments treat symptoms, such as pain caused by spinal tumors and problems with eating or drinking caused by esophageal tumors.

The type of therapy you receive will depend on the size, type, and location of your tumor or cancer, as well as the sensitivity of the surrounding healthy tissue, your age, and your medical history. Radiation treatment may be delivered in two ways:

  • Internally, meaning radioactive material is placed inside of your body. Brachytherapy is a commonly used method of internal radiation therapy. Using catheters or needles, radioactive seeds or pellets are placed inside the body, and over the course of several weeks or a few months, the seeds will deliver radiation. Permanent brachytherapy leaves the seeds in your body permanently without causing side effects while temporary brachytherapy removes them after a treatment session.
  • Externally, using a machine that aims radiation beams outside of your body. External radiation therapy is also known as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). There are several types of EBRT, which differ in intensity and type of beams used. EBRT can be done before surgery (preoperatively), during surgery (intraoperatively), or after surgery (post-operatively).

Before you undergo radiation therapy, a team of medical professionals, including a radiation oncologist, will work with you to determine a treatment plan. This will involve mapping the area around the tumor or cancer, determining proper positioning for treatment delivery, and determining dosage. Treatment delivery will occur in sessions over the course of several weeks or months, depending on the type and size of cancer and its location in the body, among other factors.

Although radiation therapy aims to target only cancerous cells, damage to normal healthy cells may occur. You might experience side effects from radiation during treatment or in the months and years following it. They are dependent on the areas treated and may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin irritation, hair loss, memory loss, and infertility. Your oncologist will take into account the amount of radiation that different areas of your body can receive safely while determining your treatment plan.

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