Dr. Paul DesRosiers practices Urologic Radiation Oncology in Joliet, IL. Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that involves treating cancer with radiation. Dr. DesRosiers specializes in treating prostate cancer with radiation, using radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells.
Education and Training
University Of Illinois College M.D. 1995
American Board of Radiology
Paul DesRosiers's Expert Contributions
Early radiation side-effects are like sunburn; so, we use creams, lotions and topical analgesics. Soon after radiation, those skin burns go away. But later on, especially for the neck and breast radiation patients, there can be swelling in and under the skin. We call it “lymphedema”. Daily massage therapy works wonders for radiation lymphedema. READ MORE
Acute radiation side effects depend on the exact part of the body being treated. READ MORE
Radiation for breast cancer typically does not reduce the appetite. But if the radiation is aimed at the abdomen, throat, brain or esophagus - patients often lose their appetites. READ MORE
If radiation therapy is aimed at the neck, as in cases of throat cancer or Hodgkin’s disease, the thyroid gland often still functions, but it may be reduced. These patients benefit from low dose thyroid hormone replacement. Radiation therapy patients seldom require full dose thyroid hormone replacement. “Hypothyroid” requiring full thyroid hormone replacement is a common problem, and is considered an autoimmune disease. READ MORE
Radiation therapy aimed at the pelvis will cause sterility. It would take approximately 120 CT scans of the pelvis to cause sterility. READ MORE
Very high doses of radiation are required to make a malignant tumor shrink. Radiation therapy treatments are usually given 5 days a week for 6 to 9 weeks. Tumor regression usually begins after 20 treatments, and continues for up to 6 months after radiation. READ MORE
CT scan is an X-ray procedure. X-rays are radiation. Ultrasound imaging and MRI imaging do not use X-rays. READ MORE
Most radiation therapy patients can drive themselves to and from treatment. READ MORE
Breast radiation therapy does not cause hair loss from the scalp. It may cause hair loss from the arm pit on the side getting radiation. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO.org)
Paul DesRosiers's Practice location
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Get to know Radiation Oncologist Dr. Paul M. DesRosiers, who serves patients in Joliet, Illinois.
Trusted radiation oncologist, Dr. DesRosiers, has been practicing medicine and providing radiation therapy for all types of cancer over the last two decades. He now concentrates his skills and knowledge on prostate cancer patients at Advanced Urology Associates – Prostate Cancer Center in Joliet, Illinois.
Established in 1981, Advanced Urology Associates provides the highest level of comprehensive diagnosis and care for urologic disorders and diseases. For over 40 years, the specialists have treated adult men, women, and pediatric urology patients in clinical centers throughout Illinois.
Back in 1995, Dr. DesRosiers graduated with his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, rotating through Champaign/Urbana, Rockford, and Chicago. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before he attended medical school, he studied medical radiation physics where he met his wife, who went on to become a medical physicist.
Currently licensed to practice medicine in Illinois and Indiana, Dr. DesRosiers is board-certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology, which is a not-for-profit physician-led organization that oversees the certification and ongoing professional development of specialists in diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics.
Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that involves the controlled use of radiation to treat cancer. It is one of the three primary specialties, the other two being surgical and medical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. A radiation oncologist is a specialist physician who uses ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer.
On a more personal note, Dr. DesRosiers loves all kinds of music but has a special interest in jazz. He plays many instruments, including the guitar, bass, piano and is currently practicing trumpet.
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