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We found 4 oncologists who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Durham, NC.

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Donette Weltansieht Vicente MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC
(919) 419-5500

Dr. Donette Vicente works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vicente attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Vicente is affiliated with Duke Medicine.

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Pretesh Ramanial (Ramanlal) Patel MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC
(919) 684-8111; (919) 286-0411

Dr. Pretesh Patel is a specialist in radiation oncology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Patel honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Bradford Alan Perez MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Duke University Hospitals; Office of Graduate Medical Education, Box 3951
Durham, NC

Dr. Bradford Perez is a radiation oncology specialist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Perez's residency was performed at Duke University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
Department of Ob/Gyn; DUMC Box 3079
Durham, NC

Dr. Gregory Sfakianos' specialty is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Sfakianos attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.