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We found 4 medical oncologists who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1418 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gershman obtained his medical school training at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Gershman (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital West, and Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood.

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

Dr. Joel Grossman is a specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. He works in Naples, FL. He attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Grossman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Mark Moskowitz specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. Dr. Moskowitz attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Moskowitz is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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 adult oncology and medical oncology specialist. He attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heldreth takes.

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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.