We found 4 radiation oncologists who accept Humana Gold HMO near Holiday, FL.

Dr. Lawrence David Hochman, DO
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3611 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Hochman practices radiation oncology. Dr. Hochman is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hochman completed residency programs at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include cancer. Dr. Hochman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cancer

Dr. Geoffrey Lance Ray, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3000 Us Highway 19
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Geoffrey Ray is a radiation oncology specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ray honors. Dr. Ray graduated from Howard University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ray completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and LifeBridge Health.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3000 Us Highway 19
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Max Pena sees patients in Holiday, FL. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. He takes 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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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3000 Us Hwy 19
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Purendra Sinha's specialty is radiation oncology. He graduated from Patna Medical College. Dr. Sinha is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the safe use of radiation to treat cancer. Usually, they will manage a patient’s entire radiation treatment, from the imaging that will guide decisions, to the choices about what kind of radiation therapy to use.

Radiation is one of the few substances that can kill cancer cells and even shrink tumors. It does this by damaging DNA. When DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, cells can no longer reproduce, and they stop growing and die. Cancer cells are more susceptible to radiation than healthy tissue, because they reproduce faster. So typically, cancer cells exposed to radiation will be affected faster than healthy cells will. However it’s still important to protect healthy tissue as much as possible.

There are three ways that radiation can be delivered to the body. It can come from outside the body, delivered by a machine in much the same way x-rays are taken. This is called external-beam radiation. Sometimes the radiation is delivered internally, which is called brachytherapy. Tiny pellets of radioactive material are placed directly onto the cancer, where they can release radiation for a period of time. Some cancers are best treated systemically, with radioactive substances that travel through the bloodstream. Radiation oncologists decide which type of radiation therapy is best, developing a treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the benefits of the radiation while minimizing the risk to any healthy tissue.

Radiation oncologists may work with other kinds of physicians, such as medical oncologists or surgeons, to treat their patients. Sometimes patients are anxious about radiation therapy because it sounds dangerous. But radiation therapy won’t turn you radioactive. It’s safe, and so effective against many different types of cancer that it is one of the most common cancer treatments. Depending on the treatment, it may not even have noticeable side effects.

Radiation oncologists can be important allies in your fight against cancer.
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