We found 5 oncologists near Shelby, NC.

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Dr. Forrest Leigh Thompson, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
417 W. Warren Street
Shelby, NC

Dr. Forrest Thompson's areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Thompson include cancer. He accepts Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Dr. Thompson performed his residency at Greenville Health System. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Gaston Memorial Hospital and Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Obiageli Uchenna Ojukwu, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
201 E. Grover Street
Shelby, NC

Dr. Obiageli Ogbata is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She works in Shelby, NC. These areas are among Dr. Ogbata's clinical interests: breast cancer and head and neck cancer. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Ogbata is affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and Carolinas Medical Center-University.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Helen Ross Maddux, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
201 E. Grover Street
Shelby, NC

Dr. Helen Maddux practices radiation oncology. Dr. Maddux's education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Her clinical interests include external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). She honors Medicare insurance. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: External Beam Radiation Therapy

Dr. David Lee Graham, BS, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
201 E. Grover Street
Shelby, NC

Dr. David Graham specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Graham has a special interest in bladder cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and kidney cancer. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Graham attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Dr. Graham is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System.

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Clinical interests: Bladder Cancer, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Blood Disorders, Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1405b N Lafayette Street
Shelby, NC

Dr. Donald Miller sees patients in Shelby, NC. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

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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.