We found 4 oncologists who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Charlotte, NC.

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Dr. Ilan David Avin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
200 Hawthorne Lane; 3rd Floor
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Ilan Avin's medical specialty is general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital and Novant Health. Dr. Avin's education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Gregory Keith Pennock, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1021 Morehead Medical Drive; Suite 3100
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Gregory Pennock's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Cornelius, NC and Charlotte, NC. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Pennock performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His areas of expertise consist of immunotherapy and melanoma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Skin Cancer, Musculoskeletal Problems, Cancer, Melanoma

Dr. Matthew Evan Alter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1918 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Matthew Alter is a general surgeon, surgical oncologist, and colon and rectal surgeon in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Alter has a special interest in abdominal surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Alter is affiliated with Novant Health. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Abdominal Surgery

Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
200 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte, NC

Dr. John McDonald works as a gynecologic oncologist and obstetrician. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Carolinas Medical Center for residency. Dr. McDonald takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Best Doctors in America-Gynecologic Oncology; Best Doctors in America Database; and Top Doctor-Gynecologic Oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Novant Health and Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. McDonald has an open panel.

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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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