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Dr. Snehal Subodh Desai, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street; Dunn Tower 1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Snehal Desai's medical specialty is radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, pancreas problems, and brachytherapy (seed implants). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Desai is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Desai speaks Gujarati. He is affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - Main Campus and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Mesbergen Shadle, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street; Suite Ax121b
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen Shadle works as a radiation oncologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Shadle include brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shadle is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Shadle's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , brachytherapy (seed implants)

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Brachytherapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Bin Sing Teh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Radiology, Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Db 1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bin Teh is a specialist in pediatric radiology and radiation oncology. He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Teh include brachytherapy (seed implants), testicular cancer, and breast cancer. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Teh completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Teh takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Brain Cancer, Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Brain Tumor, Brachytherapy, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 112
  • Charge (avg.): $322
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $102
Dr. Andrew M Farach, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin St. Db1-077
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Farach's area of specialization is radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, brachytherapy (seed implants), and breast cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Farach attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Brachytherapy, Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Clive I Shkedy, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Clive Shkedy is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His areas of expertise include the following: brachytherapy (seed implants), colon cancer, and testicular cancer. Dr. Shkedy takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Craig M Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Pratt is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Pratt is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Guillermo A Torre-Amione, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre is a cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and cardiologist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Torre graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Torre is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Torre has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. John Joseph Mahmarian, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Mahmarian is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. Dr. Mahmarian's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahmarian is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Aneurysm, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerry D Estep, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Estep sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. These areas are among Dr. Estep's clinical interests: brachytherapy (seed implants), heart transplant, and angioplasty. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Estep takes. Dr. Estep is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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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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