We found 6 providers with an interest in soft tissue tumor and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Dr. Eric Jason Stelnicki, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
100 S.e. 15th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Eric Stelnicki specializes in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Stelnicki include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Stelnicki's professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Memorial Hospital Miramar, and Bethesda Health. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Stelnicki's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stelnicki accepts. Dr. Stelnicki has received professional recognition including the following: Robert Ivy award, AAPS.

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Relevant Interests: , Hemangiomas

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Nose Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gabriel T Schnickel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist. Dr. Schnickel graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. 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. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lipoma, Hemangiomas

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Andreas G Tzakis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; 1st Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Patient reviews placed Dr. Tzakis at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tzakis's clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tzakis takes. Dr. Tzakis graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. For Dr. Tzakis's professional training, Dr. Tzakis completed residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tzakis has received include Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks Greek and French. Dr. Tzakis is professionally affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood, FL) - Main Campus, Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , angiosarcoma, fibroma

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino's specialties are general surgery and transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reino include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reino graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Reino's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lipoma, Hemangiomas

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Xaralambos B Zervos, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos sees patients in Orlando, FL, Weston, FL, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Zervos obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. These areas are among his clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zervos is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Zervos (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His professional affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood, FL) - Main Campus, Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lipoma, angiosarcoma, Hemangiomas, fibroma

All Interests: Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular ... (Read more)

Dr. John Manuel Rivas, MD
Specializes in Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery, Adult Hepatology
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. John Rivas works as a transplant hepatologist, transplant surgeon, and adult hepatologist in Weston, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. These areas are among Dr. Rivas's clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivas takes. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Rivas speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lipoma, angiosarcoma, Hemangiomas, fibroma

All Interests: Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular ... (Read more)

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What are Soft Tissue Tumors?

Soft tissue tumors are abnormal masses that may occur in muscles, fat, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, or nerves anywhere in the body. They generally appear as round or elongated lumps, and can be harmless (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Although most soft tissue masses are benign, any newly discovered lump should be inspected by a doctor. If the mass is suspected to be cancerous, a biopsy may be recommended. This diagnostic procedure collects a tiny sample of tissue from the tumor, which is then examined in a laboratory to determine if any cancer cells are present.

Benign soft tissue masses are typically painless, tend to grow very slowly, and may go away on their own. The most common soft tissue tumor is a lipoma. Lipomas are soft, fatty masses that usually occur just under the skin in the shoulders, neck, belly, back, or limbs. Lipomas and other benign soft tissue tumors do not normally require medical treatment. However, if they are causing pain, they may need to be surgically removed, or excised. The procedure often takes out a very small amount of surrounding healthy tissue in addition to the tumor. Sometimes, medication is injected into the mass to shrink it before the excision is performed.

In contrast to slow-growing benign tumors, malignant ones, known as sarcomas, are more aggressive. Because they grow rapidly and can spread to other parts of the body, they require immediate attention. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the most widely used treatments for soft tissue sarcoma. The location and extent of your cancer, as well as your overall health, will determine which option or combination of options should be included in your treatment plan.

As with treating benign tumors, soft tissue sarcoma surgery frequently involves removal of the tumor along with some surrounding healthy tissue. However, a larger portion of normal tissue is removed in sarcoma surgery than in benign tumor excision. After the procedure, edges of the excised tissue are examined for cancer cells. If any are detected, there is a strong chance that not all of the cancer has been removed. If this is the case, additional surgery or another form of treatment, like radiation, may be necessary.

Excision is not the only way sarcomas may be treated surgically. Although uncommon, arm or leg tumors can grow so large that an excision would result in chronic pain or a poorly-functioning limb. If this happens, amputation may be the only solution. Recovery from this major operation typically includes physical therapy and getting fitted with a prosthesis (artificial limb), as well as receiving training on proper use of the prosthesis. With adequate physical rehabilitation, a person who has had a leg amputation may be able to walk again using a prosthesis in a few months.

For patients who are not healthy enough to undergo surgery, radiation therapy may be an option. Radiation destroys cancer cells with high-energy rays, like X-rays. While it can be the main component of the treatment plan, it is often used as an added measure to surgical excision if cancer cells are found in the edges of the excised tissue. Radiation may also shrink tumors to make excision easier or relieve symptoms of the disease, especially if it is at an advanced stage.

If malignant cells have spread to other parts of the body, chemotherapy may be a suitable form of treatment. This is because chemotherapy uses powerful anti-cancer drugs that can be given into a vein, so it goes directly into the bloodstream and rapidly reaches all areas of the body. As with radiation, chemotherapy may be the main component of your treatment plan or used as an addition to surgery.

After completing treatment for soft tissue sarcoma, you will need to be monitored regularly for any signs of cancer recurrence. Checkups involve physical exams and diagnostic procedures like X-rays and biopsies. Sarcomas tend to return within three years, and though the risk of recurrence greatly decreases by the fifth year, some patients may receive regular checkups for up to ten years. Others may need an even longer period of monitoring if they were treated for sarcoma that had spread to the lungs or other organs.

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