We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Open Access near Galveston, TX.

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Martin Colman MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Martin Colman's specialty is radiation oncology. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then he performed his residency at The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Dr. Colman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Colman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally 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 stars (17 ratings)
301 University Boulevard; 1.400 Mccullough
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Sandra Hatch is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Hatch average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Hatch attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Hatch is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Todd Swanson PH.D., M.D.
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 4.81 stars (16 ratings)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Todd Swanson is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. Dr. Swanson is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Swanson takes.

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

Dr. Melissa Joyner's medical specialty is radiation oncology. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Joyner trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for her residency. She is especially interested in cancer. Dr. Joyner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She 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

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Ivan Kessel's medical specialty is radiation oncology. He takes 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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