We found 14 medical oncologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Gerald H Sokol, MD
Specializes in Clinical Pharmacology, Radiation Oncology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, Hematology
100 Highland Avenue N
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Sokol works as a clinical pharmacologist, radiation oncologist, and oncologist. In addition to English, Dr. Sokol speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Sokol include radiation therapy and skin cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital, U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Sokol's average rating from his patients is 5.0 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.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Radiation Therapy

Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite G
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid's specialties are medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Abid include lymphoma. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He obtained his medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Deaconess Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Lymphoma, Blood Disorders

Dr. Geetha J Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1417 S Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Geetha Kamath is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Before performing her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Kamath attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kamath include bone marrow aspiration. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kamath is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Kamath (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration

Dr. Edgar G Miranda, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
303 Pinellas Street; Suite 230
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edgar Miranda's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include cancer. Dr. Miranda's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. Dr. Miranda takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Don D Luong, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Don Luong sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Luong attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Luong (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS).

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Dr. Kerry E Chamberlain, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kerry Chamberlain practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS), and Morton Plant Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chamberlain graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Doctors Hospital.

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Dr. Jennifer L Ball, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 200
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Ball's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ball obtained her medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Hitesh C Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Pinellas Street; Suite 300
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Hitesh Patel is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. He has a special interest in chemotherapy. Dr. Patel is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin 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. He is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Chemotherapy

Dr. Gregoire H Bergier, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gregoire Bergier's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bergier's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Bergier (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Dr. Sung Tae Byun, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sung Byun is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Largo, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Byun honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Byun (or staff) speaks Korean and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Idelfia A Marte, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3280 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 200
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Idelfia Marte is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Marte attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and NYU Langone Medical Center. Her clinical interests include cancer. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Marte is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Lane D Ziegler, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Lane Ziegler works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. His areas of expertise consist of bone marrow aspiration and spinal manipulation. Dr. Ziegler's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS). He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Ziegler average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ziegler takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Spinal Manipulation

Dr. Jose Alemar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jose Alemar is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Alemar accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alemar is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Dr. Nuruddin Jooma, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Pinellas Street; Suite 300
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nuruddin Jooma is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Jooma (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Jooma's education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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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