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We found 5 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 works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Wilks's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology and Nix Health. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Dr. Wilks has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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 sees patients in San Antonio, TX. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Harroff speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Methodist Health System, Nix Health, and Texas Oncology. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Harroff accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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 is a San Antonio, TX physician who specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Gunuganti's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nix Health and Texas Oncology. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Gunuganti completed residency programs at Marshfield Clinic and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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Dr. Syed Nayyar Raza, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
12705 Toepperwein Road
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Syed Raza practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Raza is professionally affiliated with Methodist Health System. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

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Dr. Zulfaqqar M Jaffar, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
12705 Toepperwein Road
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Zulfaqqar Jaffar is a surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Jaffar average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Methodist Health System. Dr. Jaffar honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Jaffar attended medical school at Dow Medical College.

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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.