We found 6 medical oncologists who accept Medicare near Columbia, SC.

Dr. Mary Audrey Ackerman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
166 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC
 

Dr. Mary Ackerman works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Ackerman graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman completed her residency training at Allegheny General Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Palmetto Health.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
166 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC
 

Dr. William Butler is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Patients gave Dr. Butler an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Charity Hospital, New Orleans' residency program. Dr. Butler has received the following distinctions: Outstanding Intern, Charity Hospital; Outstanding senior student medicine, Tulane; and Alpha Omega Alpha, Tulane Medical. He is professionally affiliated with Haywood Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
166 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC
 

Dr. Fred Kudrik sees patients in Columbia, SC. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Kudrik is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Palmetto Health.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
166 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC
 

Dr. Phillip Baldwin works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Columbia, SC. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Baldwin graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He trained at San Antonio Military Medical Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Palmetto Health.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2728 Sunset Boulevard; Suite 402
West Columbia, SC
 

Dr. Perrie Ryan's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Ryan is affiliated with Johnston Memorial Hospital.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
166 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC
 

Dr. Steven Minter is a medical specialist in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Minter is in-network for Medicare insurance. He completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. He is affiliated with Palmetto Health.

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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.