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We found 19 oncologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Bay Pines, FL.

Dr. Sung Tae Byun, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 210
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sung Byun's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Byun (or staff) is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cancer, Blood Disorders

Dr. Craig Randall Miercort, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Craig Miercort is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Miercort honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Miercort attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid works as an oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. Dr. Abid's areas of expertise include the following: cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abid accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Forest Park Hospital. Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Rectal Cancer, Cancer, Hodgkin's ... (Read more)

Dr. Lane Douglas Ziegler, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 210
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Lane Ziegler is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Largo, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Ziegler is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and spinal manipulation. Dr. Ziegler is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ziegler accepts. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Ziegler performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Cancer, Spinal Manipulation

Dr. John Andrew Peterson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1615 Pasadena Avenue S.; Suite 400
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Peterson's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and then he performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Peterson is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Paracentesis, PET Scan, Bone Problems, Nuclear Scan, Thoracentesis, MRI, Biopsy, Diagnostic Lumbar ... (Read more)

Dr. Anilkumar Narottam Raiker, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6499 38th Avenue North; Suite G1
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anilkumar Raiker is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Raiker's clinical interests include cancer and blood disorders. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Goa Medical College, he performed his residency at North General Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Raiker (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bone Problems, Cancer, Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy

Dr. Frank Philip Franzese, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Frank Franzese works as a radiation oncologist in Pinellas Park, FL. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. Dr. Franzese has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Zucel Solc, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Zucel Solc practices radiation oncology in Pinellas Park, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Solc attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. On average, patients gave Dr. Solc a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai's medical specialty is adult hematology and medical oncology. She attended medical school at the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Desai trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Desai's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry Earl Cotman, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6449 38th Avenue N; Suite C-3
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Henry Cotman is a radiation oncology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cotman studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He trained at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Consultation, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy

Dr. Geetha Jayaprakash Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5767 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Geetha Kamath specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Kamath's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Kasturba Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Kamath (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Tracheal Suctioning, Burns, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Diaz, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 400
South Pasadena, FL
 

Dr. Michael Diaz specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. Dr. Diaz has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in bone marrow aspiration and HIV/AIDS. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Bone Problems, Injections, Chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Don Danh Luong, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 210
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Don Luong is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Largo, FL. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Luong honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Luong (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Dr. Kevin Seth Tralins, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 120
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kevin Tralins specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Largo, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: breast augmentation, breast biopsy, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Tralins is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Tralins speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Breast Augmentation, Breast Biopsy, Laser Surgery, Mastectomy, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Robert Joseph Miller, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
6600 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Robert Miller sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Miller is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
10000 Bay Pines Boulevard
Bay Pines, FL
 

Dr. Yaman Suleiman works as an adult hematologist and adult oncologist. After attending the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Suleiman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.