We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Health Net Federal near Stony Brook, NY.

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Dr. Alexander Michael Stessin PH.D., M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
101 Nicolls Road; Department of Radiation Oncology Stony Brook Univ
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Alexander Stessin's area of specialization is radiation oncology. These areas are among Dr. Stessin's clinical interests: intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), lung cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stessin accepts. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Stessin trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Breast Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Scott Valentine M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3 Edmund Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Edward Valentine's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Valentine graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valentine takes.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues, Brain Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Radiation ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Eli Grossman PHD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Craig Grossman's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Grossman's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and rectal cancer. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Thyroid Cancer, Brachytherapy, Breast ... (Read more)

Samuel Ryu M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
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101 Nicolls Road; Levle 2 Radiation Oncology
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Samuel Ryu's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Ryu takes HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Ryu attended Kyungpook National University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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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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