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We found 4 medical oncologists who accept Cigna Gold near Mckinney, TX.

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Dr. Nithya Palanisamy, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 215
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Nithya Palanisamy works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Palanisamy has indicated that her clinical interests include cancer and blood disorders. Her professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Palanisamy studied medicine at Kasturba Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cancer, Blood Disorders

Dr. Monte Frederick Jones, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 215
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Monte Jones, who practices in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Oncology. Dr. Jones attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Jones accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Nandita Gopal Rao, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 215
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Nandita Rao, who practices in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rao include leukemia, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and lung cancer. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology. Dr. Rao is a graduate of Rangaraya Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Rao trained at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Clinical interests: Urologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Ahad Athar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5236 W University Drive; Suite 1000
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Mohammed Athar practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in McKinney, TX, Frisco, TX, and Dallas, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Athar graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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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.