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Dr. Ramji Ramaswamy Rajendran, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1700 Luther Lane
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Ramji Rajendran is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and La Grange, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, gynecologic cancer, and breast issues. Dr. Rajendran is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Rajendran's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Gynecologic Cancer, Lung Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Martin J Boyer, DO
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1700 Luther Lane
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Martin Boyer's specialty is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Boyer include osteopathic medicine and radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boyer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Osteopathic Medicine, Radiation Therapy

Dr. Patrick J Sweeney, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
300 S Northwest Highway; Suite 207
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Patrick Sweeney's area of specialization is radiation oncology. In Dr. Sweeney's practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sweeney completed residency programs at Ohio State University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. Dr. Sweeney welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Rajiv J Patel, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1700 Luther Lane
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Rajiv Patel practices radiation oncology in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Est, IL, and La Grange, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include radiation therapy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Patel is open to new patients.

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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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