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

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Martin Colman MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Martin Colman is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Colman honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for medical school and subsequently trained at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital for residency. Dr. Colman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Sandra S Hatch MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
301 University Boulevard; 1.400 Mccullough
Galveston, TX

Dr. Sandra Hatch is a radiation oncology specialist in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. Dr. Hatch obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Dr Lee Roy Wiederhold III PHD MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 4.92 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Lee Wiederhold works as a radiation oncologist in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. He has a special interest in cancer. Dr. Wiederhold has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Wiederhold is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Todd Swanson PHD MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 4.81 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Todd Swanson's area of specialization is radiation oncology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Swanson is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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

Dr. Melissa Joyner practices radiation oncology in Houston, TX and Galveston, TX. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). Dr. Joyner graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Joyner has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Ivan Kessel's area of specialization 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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