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

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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' area of specialization is radiation oncology. Dr. Hodges is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hodges takes. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Taylor accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Taylor is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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

Dr. Matei Socoteanu's medical specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist), adult hematology, and adult oncology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Socoteanu is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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

Dr. Kavita Nirmal's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Longview, TX and Marshall, TX. Dr. Nirmal accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Duncan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of 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 practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) in Longview, TX. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Frase has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Frase is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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

Dr. Lijo John is an adult oncology and medical oncology specialist in Longview, TX and Marshall, TX. Dr. John is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. For his professional training, Dr. John completed a residency program at Baylor University Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. 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. Dr. Sharma is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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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's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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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