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Alexander Kirichenko M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Dr. Kevin Michael McCluskey M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Heath Devin Skinner PHD, M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-6720
Stephen Michael Karlovits M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Mark G. Trombetta M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Athanasios Colonias M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Rodney Ervin Wegner M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Vladimir Valakh M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Russell S. Fuhrer M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Patrizia Guerrieri M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 4800 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: 412-578-1923
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
David Stephen Parda M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 320 E North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 412-359-3400
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, cervical cancer ... (Read more)
Robert S. Werner M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1020 Bower Hill Road, Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
Phone: 412-502-3920
Dr. Lawrence Dade Lunsford MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology
Average rating 4.9 stars out of 5 (228 ratings)
Address: 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-0953
Clinical Interests: skull base surgery
Dr. Felicia E. Snead MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1020 Bower Hill Road, Mount Lebanon, PA 15228
Phone: 412-502-3920
Steven A. Burton M.D.
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology
Address: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-6720
Sushil Beriwal M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-641-4600
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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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