We found 6 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 102 near Galveston, TX.

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Dr. Martin Colman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Martin Colman's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Colman accepts. Dr. Colman attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He completed his residency training at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Dr. Colman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Dr. Sandra S Hatch, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard; 1.400 Mccullough
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Sandra Hatch is a radiation oncology specialist in Houston, TX, Galveston, TX, and League City, TX. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include cancer. Dr. Hatch is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). Dr. Hatch is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Lee Roy Wiederhold III, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Lee Wiederhold's area of specialization is radiation oncology. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Wiederhold completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has a special interest in cancer. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Wiederhold accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Todd A Swanson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Todd Swanson is a radiation oncology specialist in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Swanson average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Swanson's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Swanson is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Dr. Melissa M Joyner, MBA, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Melissa Joyner's specialty is radiation oncology. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In Dr. Joyner's practice, she is particularly interested in cancer. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Ivan Kessel's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Kessel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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