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Dr. John Hsiang-Yeou Wang, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Critical Care
Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Dr Intersection; Stony Brook University Hospital, Hsc T18-020
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. John Wang is a specialist in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and critical care (intensive care medicine). He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Wang's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wang takes. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. David Edward Rivadeneira, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. David Rivadeneira is a physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and colon & rectal surgery. He studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Rivadeneira's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rivadeneira has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and Top Doctor, Castle Conollys. Dr. Rivadeneira (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include Syosset Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Plainview Hospital. Dr. Rivadeneira welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Maged Mofied Ghaly, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
989 Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Maged Ghaly, who practices in Smithtown, NY and New Hyde Park, NY, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Ghaly average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghaly's professional affiliations include North Shore University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghaly takes. He has an open panel. Dr. Ghaly studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Dr. Heather D Zinkin, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
989 Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Heather Zinkin is a radiation oncology specialist. She is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Glen Cove Hospital. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Zinkin is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zinkin is open to new patients.

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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.