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We found 4 medical oncologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Naples, FL.

Dr. Eric Andrew Gershman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3115 La Costa Circle; #104
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Eric Gershman sees patients in Miramar, FL, Naples, FL, and Tamarac, FL. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Gershman completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Gershman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Memorial Hospital Miramar, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1100 Goodlette Road N
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Joel Grossman sees patients in Naples, FL. His medical specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Grossman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grossman honors. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6360 Pine Rigde Road
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Mark Moskowitz's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. He practices in Naples, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Moskowitz honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Douglas Dewayn Heldreth, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1100 Goodlette Road N
Naples, FL
 

Dr. Douglas Heldreth is an oncologist and medical oncologist. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Heldreth attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

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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.