We found 10 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 medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Taylor is affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Taylor has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Linda S B Beavers Couch, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1300 N 4th Street
Longview, TX
 

Dr. Linda Couch specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in San Antonio, TX and Longview, TX. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Couch is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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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 works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Nirmal graduated from B.J. Medical College, Pune. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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

Dr. Lewis Duncan practices 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 the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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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 is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Longview, TX. Dr. Socoteanu is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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

Dr. Larry Frase is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Longview, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Frase is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Frase has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Neeraj Sharma works as an oncologist and medical oncologist. Dr. Sharma is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is a graduate of Goa Medical College. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharma honors.

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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 practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Longview, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Koya is a graduate of Guntur Medical College.

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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 specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Longview, TX. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hodges studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He 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's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. He practices in Longview, TX and Marshall, TX. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. John trained at Baylor University Medical Center. He is professionally 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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