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Dr. Gizelle M Mery, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1070 N . Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Gizelle Mery is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Mery graduated from New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at Winthrop University Hospital. She 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Gregory L Ortega, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Ortega sees patients in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Ortega speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. He attended National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ortega is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Santosh M Nair, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Santosh Nair is a hematologist and adult oncologist in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. Dr. Nair is a graduate of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and the University of Madras. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for his residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Neeraj Sharma, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Other, Hematology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Neeraj Sharma practices oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders) in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. He is affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. He graduated from Indira Gandhi Medical College. Dr. Sharma completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Sharma's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Before completing his residency at Winthrop University Hospital, Dr. Visvalingam attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Rene Cabeza, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 N Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Rene Cabeza's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Cabeza accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Juan N. Corpas University Foundation and then he performed his residency at Robert Packer Hospital and St. John's Episcopal Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Cabeza speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1070 North Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL
 

Dr. Seema Harichand practices adult hematology and adult oncology. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Harichand is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Harichand is an in-network provider for 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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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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