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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 specializes in clinical pharmacology, radiation oncology, and adult oncology and practices in Hudson, FL, Largo, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. He speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sokol include radiation therapy and skin cancer. Dr. Sokol is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Sokol 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 specializes in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, Hudson, FL, and Largo, FL. Dr. Abid has a special interest in lymphoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abid accepts. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; she sees patients in Clearwater, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Fort Myers, FL. Her clinical interests include bone marrow aspiration. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kamath takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Her education and training includes medical school at Kasturba Medical College and residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kamath (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Kamath is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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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 specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miranda accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Miranda attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Miranda is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Largo, FL. He studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Luong trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Luong takes. Dr. Luong (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Luong's professional affiliations include 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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Largo, FL. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS), and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Doctors Hospital's residency program. Dr. Chamberlain is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Jennifer L Ball, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 210
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Ball is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Ball 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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Dr. Hitesh C Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw; Suite 290
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Hitesh Patel practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include chemotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Patel accepts 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 Kasturba Medical College, he performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. In addition to English, 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 is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Bergier (or staff) speaks German and French. Dr. Bergier's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He honors 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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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. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Byun takes. Dr. Byun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean and Portuguese. Dr. Byun's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Lane Ziegler is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Ziegler focuses on bone marrow aspiration and spinal manipulation. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ziegler is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Grandview Medical Center's residency program.

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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 specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Alemar is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Alemar average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Nuruddin Jooma is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Dr. Jooma is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He 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. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Jooma (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi.

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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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