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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, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Haider is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). He attended medical school at King Edward Medical University. He accepts 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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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3525 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Sushma Nakka is a Lakeland, FL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nakka is a graduate of Kakatiya Medical College. Her residency was performed at North General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She 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. Shalini Mulaparthi is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. Dr. Mulaparthi is professionally 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 is an oncologist and medical oncologist in Lakeland, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Franco average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Franco studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. For his professional training, Dr. Franco completed a residency program 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 practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Vugman attended Rush Medical College for medical school. She is 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 an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. 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. Before performing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Venigalla attended Kakatiya Medical College for medical school. She 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.
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