We found 5 oncologists who accept Great-West Healthcare near Nantucket, MA.

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

Dr. Marcia Browne is an adult hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and Khmer. She has a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. Browne is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Browne honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition Outstanding Physician of the Year; Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, NIH; and Hinton Award Outstanding Resident. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

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

Dr. Richard Penson's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. He practices in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. Dr. Penson's areas of expertise include the following: psychological support for cancer patients and gynecologic cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Penson include: Partners in Excellence; Member of Royal College of Physicians Partners in Excellence; and Award The 100. Dr. Penson (or staff) is conversant in 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 is an adult hematologist and adult oncologist in Boston, MA. Dr. Barnes's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Barnes include cutaneous B-cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Barnes is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting 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. Dr. Azzoli's clinical interests include thoracic cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Azzoli is affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. These areas are among his clinical interests: head and neck cancer and melanoma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Emerson Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lawrence is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is accepting 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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