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We found 5 medical oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Brandon, FL.

Dr. David Donald Wright, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. David Wright's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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 South Florida (USF), Dr. Wright attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Wright is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Julia A Cogburn, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
403 South Kings Avenue; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Julia Cogburn's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cogburn is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Cogburn trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for her residency.

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Dr. Shalin Ramesh Shah, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3402 West Dr. Mlk Jr. Boulevard; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shalin Shah is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Shah average 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Magda Elkabani Melchert, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Magda Melchert is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She works in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Melchert accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
14254 State Road 574
Dover, FL
 

Dr. Edward Reller specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology and practices in Dover, FL. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.