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

Dr. Alexander Stessin's specialty is radiation oncology. His clinical interests include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), lung cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Stessin takes HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), radiation therapy

All Interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Breast Issues, Brain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Valentine's medical specialty is radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Valentine include rectal cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), radiation therapy

All 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
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Hospital Level 2
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Craig Grossman works as a radiation oncologist in Stony Brook, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Grossman include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and rectal cancer. Dr. Grossman graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grossman takes.

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Relevant Interests: , intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy (seed implants), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), radiation therapy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard L Adler, MD
Specializes in Urology
24 Research Way; Suite 500
East Setauket, NY

Dr. Howard Adler is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, urge incontinence (overactive bladder), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Adler graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University Hospital of Brooklyn. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Tumor, Clinical Trials, Cysts, Brachytherapy, Research, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Massimiliano Spaliviero, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
Hsc Level 9 Urology; Room 040
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Massimiliano Spaliviero is a specialist in urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He works in Stony Brook, NY, East Setauket, NY, and Hampton Bays, NY. These areas are among Dr. Spaliviero's clinical interests: bladder cancer, partial nephrectomy, and clinical trials. He honors HealthSmart, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Partial Nephrectomy, Tumor, Clinical Trials, Pheochromocytoma, ... (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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