We found 6 medical oncologists who accept United Healthcare Compass near Waco, TX.

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Dr. Hitesh Bhrigunath Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Hitesh Singh specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) and practices in Tyler, TX, Waco, TX, and Temple, TX. Dr. Singh is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Scott and White Healthcare for residency. Dr. Singh speaks Tamil and Malayalam.

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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 is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Waco, TX and Clifton, TX. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, Dr. Harris completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic.

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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 sees patients in Waco, TX and Clifton, TX. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) in Waco, TX, Gatesville, TX, and Mexia, TX. Dr. Chakmakjian is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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 sees patients in Waco, TX and Hillsboro, TX. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. Dr. Okani attended medical school at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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.

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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.
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