We found 4 medical oncologists who accept United Healthcare HSA near Abilene, TX.

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Dr. Anton M Melnyk Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1100 N 19th Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Anton Melnyk's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alberta, Dr. Melnyk attended the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. Dr. Melnyk has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Ralph F Heaven, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1100 N 19th Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Ralph Heaven is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Abilene, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Before completing his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Heaven attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heaven takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Hari Krishna Kalla, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1904 Pine Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Hari Kalla works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Kalla is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kalla honors. He obtained his medical school training at Kurnool Medical College and performed his residency at Lankenau Medical Center.

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Dr. Haris Ali Baig, DO
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1904 Pine Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Haris Baig, who practices in Abilene, TX, is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Baig is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency.

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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.
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