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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 practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients gave Dr. Melnyk an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alberta. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Melnyk 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's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Abilene, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Heaven completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heaven has received the following distinction: 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 is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Kalla studied medicine at Kurnool Medical College. He completed his residency training at Lankenau Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kalla accepts. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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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 works as an oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Baig attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.