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How Does Radiation Therapy Work to Treat Cancer?

By Richard Pearlman, M.D, radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, radiation is likely to play some role in treatment. You are probably wondering what radiation is and how it can be used to treat and cure cancer. In this article, I will explain what…

Physician Spotlight: Ashlyn Seeley Everett, M.D.

Meet radiation oncologist Dr. Ashlyn Everett. What is your role at Alliance Cancer Care, and how long have you worked here? My name is Ashlyn Everett and I am a radiation oncologist at ACC.  I grew up in Huntsville, then moved away for my medical training for many years.  I have recently moved back to…

Surviving as a Cancer Survivor

By Ashlyn Seeley Everett, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care With advances in cancer treatment and improvements in screening and early detection, more cancer survivors are alive today in the United States than ever before. The age-adjusted death rate from cancer has decreased by 27% in the past 20 years.1 There are more than…

The Identify System

By Andrew Minetree, physicist at Alliance Cancer Care At Alliance Cancer Care, we take multiple steps to assure that your treatment is delivered to the highest standard in the industry.  Our focus includes verifying your identity prior to treatment, ensuring you get personalized and customized treatment, and monitoring movement during each therapy session.  We are…

Brain Tumors

By John “Jack” F. Gleason, Jr., M.D., radiation oncologist and Medical Director at Alliance Cancer Care National Brain Tumor Awareness Month is in May of each year.  Doctors classify brain tumors as either primary or metastatic.  Primary tumors are those that started in the brain or spinal cord. These can be malignant (cancerous) or benign…

What Are Late Radiation Side Effects?

By Harry James McCarty III, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care Radiation is more likely to damage and kill cancer cells than normal cells.  This is really why we can use radiation as a cancer treatment in the first place.  We could spend an entire blog topic discussing why radiation has a much greater…

Esophageal Cancer

By Ashlyn Seeley Everett, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care Esophageal cancer is relatively rare, making up about 1% of cases of cancer in the United States.  There are about 19,000 new cases diagnosed every year.  However, esophageal cancer also accounts for 15,000 deaths annually, with relatively poor survival rates at five years.  Esophageal…

Head and Neck Cancer

By Hoyt A. “Tres” Childs, III, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care April is Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month.  Most head and neck cancers form in the lining of the mouth, throat, or voice box and are typically squamous cell carcinomas, although there are other less common types.  This group of cancers are…

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Hoyt A. “Tres” Childs

What is your role at Alliance Cancer Care, and how long have you worked here?  What type of cancers do you treat? I’m one of the radiation oncologists at Alliance Cancer Care. I have been here for 22 years, which makes me the “old guy” on campus. Because I am the most senior radiation oncologist, I…

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