We found 4 medical oncologists who accept Silver Choice HSA 3000 - 4 near Harlingen, TX.

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Dr. Hayan Moualla, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2121 Pease; Suite 101
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Hayan Moualla is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Harlingen, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Moualla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Moualla completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with East Carolina University. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Dr. Marco Adolfo Araneda, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2121 Pease; Suite 101
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Marco Araneda specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Araneda's education and training includes medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Nabeel Sarhill, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2121 Pease; Suite 101
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Nabeel Sarhill's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Sarhill accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Balesh Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2150 N Expressway
Brownsville, TX
 

Dr. Balesh Sharma, who practices in Brownsville, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharma accepts. Dr. Sharma is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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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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