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We found 5 medical oncologists who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 003 near Waco, TX.

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Dr. Robert Lee Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1700 West Hwy 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Robert Anderson's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Waco, TX and Clifton, TX. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Dr. Anderson has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Thomas Joe Harris, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1700 W. Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Harris' specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Harris attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. Dr. Harris is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Carlos A Encarnacion, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1700 W Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Waco, TX and Clifton, TX. 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 the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Encarnacion is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Carl Gustav Chakmakjian, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1700 W Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carl Chakmakjian is a physician who specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Chakmakjian is affiliated with Texas Oncology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Ofobuike Nneji Okani, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
6520 Horizon Circle
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Ofobuike Okani is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Okani is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.