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Dr. Marcia J Browne, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Marcia Browne's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Browne accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition Outstanding Physician of the Year; Hinton Award Outstanding Resident, .; and Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, NIH. In addition to English, Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and Khmer. Her professional affiliations include Foundation Medical Partners and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Browne's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

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

Dr. Richard Penson is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Penson include psychological support for cancer patients and gynecologic cancer. Dr. Penson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He 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 professional recognition including the following: William Griffiths Award; Ann Savage Award; and Partners in Excellence Award. Dr. Penson (or staff) speaks French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Psychological Support for Cancer Patients, Gynecologic Cancer

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

Dr. Jeffrey Barnes' specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barnes include cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Dr. Barnes takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Barnes performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Christopher Azzoli is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. Dr. Azzoli has a special interest in thoracic cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Dr. Azzoli is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Cancer

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

Dr. Donald Lawrence is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. His areas of expertise consist of head and neck cancer and melanoma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawrence's education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Emerson Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.