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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 works as an oncologist and medical oncologist in Shelby, NC. He attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Greenville Health System. Dr. Thompson's areas of expertise include cancer. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with 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 Shelby, NC physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Ogbata graduated from the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Ogbata completed a residency program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She has a special interest in breast cancer and head and neck cancer. She honors Medicare insurance. She 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 is a radiation oncology specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Dr. Maddux is affiliated with Cleveland Regional Medical Center. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Maddux attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Nationwide Children's Hospital and North Carolina Memorial Hospital for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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

Dr. David Graham's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and kidney cancer. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Graham accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Graham attended Mayo Medical School. He 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's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. He graduated from 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.