We found 4 radiation oncologists near Northampton, MA.

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Dr. Lanceford Mark Chong, MD, MPH
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA
 

Dr. Lanceford Chong is a radiation oncology specialist. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Chong completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the distinction of Phoenix Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Western Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA
 

Dr. Dhara Macdermed works as a radiation oncologist in Northampton, MA. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Macdermed obtained her medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA
 

Dr. Linda Bornstein sees patients in Springfield, MA and Northampton, MA. Her medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Bornstein is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
30 Locust Street; Department of Radiation Oncology
Northampton, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Hyder sees patients in Northampton, MA and Springfield, MA. Her medical specialty is radiation oncology. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Drexel University, Dr. Hyder attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Hyder is affiliated with Mercy Hospital. Dr. Hyder 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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