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We found 5 medical oncologists who accept Blue Shield HMO near Irvine, CA.

Dr. Angela Goffredo Fleischman, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
839 Medical Sciences Court
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Angela Fleischman is an adult oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Fleischman is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Dr. Edward L. Lee Nelson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1002 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Edward Nelson works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Nelson's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include immunotherapy, hodgkin's lymphoma, and cancer survivorship. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nelson trained at Strong Memorial Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Nelson include: America's Top Doctors (Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lymphoma) - Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Physicians of Excellence - Orange County Medical Association; and Elected Fellow - American College of Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Research, Tumor Immunology, Education, Cancer Survivorship, Cancer, Hodgkin's ... (Read more)

Dr. Tariq Mahmood, MD
Specializes in Other, Medical Oncology, Hematology
113 Waterworks Way; Suite 200
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Tariq Mahmood is a medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. His clinical interests include blood cancers, gynecologic cancer, and breast cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare PPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Mahmood attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Mahmood is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Blood Cancers, Gynecologic Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Sam S Huang, MD
Specializes in Other, Medical Oncology, Hematology
113 Waterworks Way; Suite 200
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Sam Huang specializes in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) and practices in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Huang attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Huang include lung cancer and breast cancer. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Huang is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Huang (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Chuan-Ju Gwendolyn Gwendolyn Pan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
113 Waterworks Way; Suite 200
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Chuan-Ju Pan is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In her practice, Dr. Pan focuses on chemotherapy. Dr. Pan is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. She speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Pan's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Chemotherapy, Cancer

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.