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John 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 works as a general surgeon, surgical oncologist, and critical care specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Wang average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Wang takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Wang speaks Mandarin.

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

Dr. Maged Ghaly's specialty is radiation oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Ghaly is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghaly is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He is a graduate of Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Ghaly's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and colon & rectal surgery in Riverhead, NY, Smithtown, NY, and Babylon, NY. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rivadeneira takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New York Super Doctors and Top Doctor, Castle Conollys. Dr. Rivadeneira (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Plainview Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Heather Zinkin practices radiation oncology in Smithtown, NY and Greenlawn, NY. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Glen Cove Hospital. Dr. Zinkin takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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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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