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We found 3 medical oncologists who accept Blue Advantage Plus Gold 101 near Live Oak, TX.

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Dr. Sharon Thomas Wilks, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2130 Ne Loop; 410 #100
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Sharon Wilks is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology and Nix Health. Dr. Wilks studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Vijay K Gunuganti, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
2130 Ne Loop 410; Suite 100
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Vijay Gunuganti specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before completing his residency at Marshfield Clinic and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Gunuganti attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gunuganti is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Nix Health and Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Allyson Lynn Harroff, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2130 Ne Loop; 410 #100
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Allyson Harroff, who practices in San Antonio, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is professionally affiliated with Nix Health and Texas Oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Harroff is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and 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.