We found 8 medical oncologists who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1464 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1609 S. Pasadena Avenue; Suite 2e
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Forest Park Hospital, Dr. Abid attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. Dr. Abid's clinical interests include cancer, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and bone marrow aspiration. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abid (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Rectal Cancer, Cancer, Hodgkin's ... (Read more)

Dr. Vu Tran Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vu Ho is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Ho speaks Vietnamese.

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Dr. John Andrew Peterson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Peterson is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before completing his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Peterson attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is in-network for 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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Clinical interests: Paracentesis, PET Scan, Bone Problems, Nuclear Scan, Thoracentesis, MRI, Biopsy, Diagnostic Lumbar ... (Read more)

Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a specialist in adult hematology and medical oncology. In Dr. Desai's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider 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 John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Desai attended the University of Mumbai and L.T. Municipal Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Geetha Jayaprakash Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5767 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Geetha Kamath's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL. Dr. Kamath's education and training includes medical school at Kasturba Medical College and residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. She has a special interest in bone marrow aspiration. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Kamath (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Tracheal Suctioning, Burns, Joint ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1099 5th Avenue North; Suite 120
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Dresdner's areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Dresdner attended New York Medical College for medical school.

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Dr. Michael Diaz, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue N.; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Diaz is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. In his practice, Dr. Diaz focuses on bone marrow aspiration and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Diaz is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is rated highly by his patients. 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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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Bone Problems, Injections, Chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Richard A Knipe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Richard Knipe is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Knipe's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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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