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

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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. Dr. Cogburn is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for her residency.

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Dr. Robert Waide Weaver, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
403 South Kings Avenue; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Robert Weaver, who practices in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Weaver honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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

Dr. David Wright works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, Dr. Wright performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Melchert is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Edward Reller's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. Dr. Reller graduated from 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.
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