We found 6 oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near Land O Lakes, FL.

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Dr. Gajanan A Kulkarni, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5802 State Rd 54
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Gajanan Kulkarni's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in New Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. Dr. Kulkarni (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Kulkarni's clinical interests include bone marrow aspiration, bone marrow biopsy, and blood disorders. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College, he performed his residency at Nassau Hospital, Long Island and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kulkarni accepts.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Blood Disorders

Dr. Richard Francis McDonough, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Richard McDonough is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of clinical interest consist of palliative care, lymphoma, and research. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McDonough honors. Dr. McDonough studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for his residency. Dr. McDonough's hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City.

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Clinical interests: Research, Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems, Palliative Care

Dr. Kapisthalam Swaminathan Kumar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5802 State Road 54
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Kapisthalam Kumar is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in New Port Richey, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Spring Hill, FL. He is especially interested in bone marrow aspiration. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Dr. Kumar 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. Dr. Kumar is a graduate of Stanley Medical College and Chengalpattu Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration

Dr. Samina Reza, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Samina Reza's areas of specialization are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Her areas of expertise include lymphoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reza honors. She obtained her medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Reza's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5802 State Rd 54
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ramana Dutt is a specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dutt takes. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Shands HealthCare's residency program. Dr. Dutt has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Dutt's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Dr. Christine Gail Simone, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Christine Simone is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In her practice, Dr. Simone focuses on lymphoma and cancer survivorship. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. Dr. Simone takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Simone attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues, Cancer Survivorship, Gastrointestinal Problems, Lymphoma, Deep Vein Thrombosis

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.
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