We found 9 oncologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Advantage near Longview, TX.

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Dr. Bernard William "bill" Taylor Jr., MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Bernard Taylor is a radiation oncologist. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Taylor studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He 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 has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Kavita Kavita Nirmal, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Kavita Nirmal's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Nirmal honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Pune.

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Dr. Joseph Charles "chip" Hodges II, MBA, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Hodges is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hodges attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Lewis Alvin Duncan, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1300 North 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Lewis Duncan sees patients in Longview, TX. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Duncan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Larry Lynn Frase, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1300 North 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Larry Frase specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Longview, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Frase graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Lijo John, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Lijo John practices adult oncology and medical oncology in Longview, TX and Marshall, TX. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He trained at Baylor University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. John is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Neeraj Roshanial Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Neeraj Sharma is an adult oncology and medical oncology specialist in Longview, TX. Dr. Sharma is affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Matei Paul Socoteanu, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Matei Socoteanu practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Socoteanu accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Rama Koteswararao Koya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Rama Koya is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Longview, TX. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Koya graduated from Guntur Medical College. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.
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