We found 15 medical oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Brandon, FL.

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Dr. Rafael William Blanco, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Blanco specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Blanco has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Tampa Community Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Blanco attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Blanco speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Y.K. Peter Kyu Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Yon Park's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Park attended Yonsei University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Park's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Tampa Community Hospital, and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS).

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Dr. David Donald Wright, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. David Wright's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Wright attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wright is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Magda Elkabani Elkabari, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Magda Melchert works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Melchert trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Melchert is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Christopher B George, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Christopher George's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Dr. George has indicated that his clinical interests include blood disorders. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. George's medical residency was performed at Letterman Army Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders

Dr. Julia A Cogburn, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
403 South Kings Avenue; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Julia Cogburn is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Cogburn takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Cogburn completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Dr. Shalin Ramesh Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shalin Shah works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shah graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Mark R Robbins, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Mark Robbins is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Sun City Center, FL and Brandon, FL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Robbins trained at Temple University Hospital. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - South, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Robert Waide Weaver, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
403 South Kings Avenue; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Robert Weaver's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Weaver studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Weaver is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Hafeez T Chatoor, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Hafeez Chatoor is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. Dr. Chatoor's medical residency was performed at Interfaith Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Chatoor (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Julio Lautersztain, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
403 South Kings Avenue; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Julio Lautersztain's medical specialty is adult oncology and medical oncology. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Lautersztain is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lautersztain (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS).

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Dr. Renjitha Tom Ignatius, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
425 S Parsons Avenue; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Renjitha Ignatius' specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). She practices in Sun City Center, FL, Trinity, FL, and Brandon, FL. Dr. Ignatius is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Ignatius attended medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Matthew Adam Fink, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
403 South Kings Avenue; Suite 100
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Fink is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Fink is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
14254 State Road 574
Dover, FL
 

Dr. Edward Reller's areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology; he sees patients in Dover, FL. Dr. Reller is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Other, Medical Oncology
401 Vonderburg Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. George Dermarkar's specialty is medical oncology. Dr. Dermarkar is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty 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.
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