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

Dr. Andrzej Piotr Kudelka, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Pellegrino Road; Z8151
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Andrzej Kudelka works as an adult oncologist and medical oncologist in Stony Brook, NY and Katonah, NY. These areas are among his clinical interests: cervix problems, ovarian cancer, and thyroid cancer. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kudelka accepts. Before completing his residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Kudelka attended medical school at Medical University of Gdansk. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Cancer, Cervix Problems, Ovarian Cancer, Sarcoma, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Melanoma, Uterine ... (Read more)

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Dr. Shenhong Wu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
University Hospital; L5 Suite 1
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Shenhong Wu is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. Dr. Wu is affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He attended medical school at Wenzhou Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Wu (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and French.

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Dr. Yue Zhang, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Edmund D Pellegrino Road, Hsc Level 15; Room 40
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Yue Zhang is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Stony Brook, NY. She has a special interest in colon cancer, cancer prevention, and clinical trials. Dr. Zhang is in-network for HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Capital Medical University and Peking Union Medical College and a graduate of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System's residency program. Dr. Zhang has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. Dr. Zhang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Cancer Prevention, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, Cancer

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
235 N. Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Harish Malhotra's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Vytra, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Malhotra attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Malhotra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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Specializes in Legal Medicine, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
235 N Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Christi Kim's areas of specialization are legal medicine, adult hematology, and adult oncology; she sees patients in East Setauket, NY. Dr. Kim's patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. She is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Bone Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Blood ... (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.