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We found 5 medical oncologists who accept Healthfirst near Stony Brook, NY.

Dr. Andrzej Piotr Kudelka MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology
3 Pellegrino Road; Z8151
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 638-1000; (631) 638-0910

Dr. Andrzej Kudelka, who practices in Stony Brook, NY and Katonah, NY, is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kudelka include cervix problems, ovarian cancer, and thyroid cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. After attending Medical University of Gdansk for medical school, he completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Kudelka speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer, Cancer of the Breast, Cancer of the Cervix, Cancer of the Thyroid, Cervix Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Shenhong Wu MD, PhD, MBBS
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology
University Hospital; L5 Suite 1
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 444-2540; (631) 638-1000

Dr. Shenhong Wu practices adult oncology and medical oncology. He is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wenzhou Medical College. Dr. Wu's residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Wu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Medical Oncology

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
235 N. Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY
(631) 751-3000; (631) 979-6501

Dr. Harish Malhotra's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Malhotra takes several insurance carriers, including Vytra, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Malhotra (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital.

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Yue Zhang MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
3 Edmund D Pellegrino Road, HSC Level 15; ROOM 40
Stony Brook, NY
(631) 638-1000

Dr. Yue Zhang's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Stony Brook, NY. She studied medicine at Capital Medical University and Peking Union Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Zhang is especially interested in colon cancer, cancer prevention, and clinical trials. Dr. Zhang is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. She has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Zhang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Cancer, Cancer Clinical Trials, Cancer Prevention, Clinical Trials, Colon Cancer, GI Malignancies, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Medical Oncology, Legal Medicine, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
235 N Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY
(631) 751-3000

Dr. Christi Kim works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in East Setauket, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Kim's average rating from her patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Kim completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disease, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Bone Marrow Treatment, Brain Tumor, Breast Cancer, Cancer, ... (Read more)

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.