We found 4 medical oncologists who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Saint Joseph, MO.

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Dr. Vicram Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
802 North Riverside, Suite G60; Plaza 1
St. Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Vicram Gupta's areas of specialization are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders); he sees patients in Saint Joseph, MO and Cameron, MO. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gupta trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Gupta's professional affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road, and Mosaic Life Care.

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Dr. Rajagopal Rao Rangineni, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
802 North Riverside, Suite G60; Plaza 1
St. Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Rajagopal Rangineni is a physician who specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Mosaic Life Care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Rangineni graduated from Kakatiya Medical College.

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Dr. Robert T Weigand, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
802 North Riverside, Suite G60; Plaza 1
St. Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Robert Weigand is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Weigand's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He is affiliated with Mosaic Life Care.

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Dr. Rony M Abou-Jawde, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
802 North Riverside, Suite G60; Plaza 1
St. Joseph, MO
 

Dr. Rony Abou-Jawde is an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Saint Joseph, MO and Maryville, MO. He is affiliated with Mosaic Life Care. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Abou-Jawde attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency.

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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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