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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Marcia Browne practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Browne include cancer. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Before completing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Browne attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Browne's distinctions include: Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition Outstanding Physician of the Year; Hinton Award Outstanding Resident, .; and Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, NIH. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and Khmer. Her professional affiliations include Southern New Hampshire Health System and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Browne is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Richard Penson specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology and practices in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. His areas of expertise consist of psychological support for cancer patients and gynecologic cancer. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Penson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Penson attended Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete his residency at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He has received distinctions including William Griffiths Award; Ann Savage Award; and Partners in Excellence Award. In addition to English, Dr. Penson (or staff) speaks French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Clinical interests: Psychological Support for Cancer Patients, Gynecologic Cancer

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes practices adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Barnes has indicated that his clinical interests include cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Barnes welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Cutaneous B-Cell Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Azzoli's areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology; he sees patients in Oak Bluffs, MA, Nantucket, MA, and Danvers, MA. Dr. Azzoli obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In his practice, Dr. Azzoli focuses on thoracic cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Azzoli has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Cancer

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Donald Lawrence's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Lawrence include head and neck cancer and melanoma. He is professionally affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Emerson Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Head and Neck Cancer, Melanoma

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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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