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We found 6 medical oncologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Lakeland, FL.

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Dr. Kamal Haider, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Kamal Haider is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Dr. Haider graduated from King Edward Medical University. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haider takes. He is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Sushma Nakka is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She works in Lakeland, FL. She is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nakka is a graduate of Kakatiya Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Nakka completed residency programs at North General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1730 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Shalini Mulaparthi specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Lakeland, FL. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. For her professional training, Dr. Mulaparthi completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1730 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Luis Franco's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Franco attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. He completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport. He is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1730 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Galina Vugman specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Vugman is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Madhavi Venigalla is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Lakeland, FL. 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. She attended Kakatiya Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Venigalla is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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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.