We found 8 medical oncologists who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1464 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid is a medical oncologist and hematologist. Dr. Abid (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Abid include lymphoma. Dr. Abid's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Dr. Abid's training includes residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Deaconess Hospital. He accepts 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. John A Peterson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Peterson is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In his practice, Dr. Peterson focuses on blood disorders. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Peterson (or staff) speaks Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders

Dr. Geetha J Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5767 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Geetha Kamath works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Clearwater, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Fort Myers, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Kamath a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kamath include bone marrow aspiration. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Kamath is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Kamath attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College. Dr. Kamath (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration

Dr. Vu Tran Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vu Ho is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ho obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in adult hematology and medical oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Desai is 2.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Desai takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Mumbai. For her professional training, Dr. Desai completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Her professional 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, Breast Biopsy, Diabetes

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1099 5th Avenue North; Suite 120
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Dresdner works as an oncologist and medical oncologist. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. Dr. Dresdner's medical residency was performed at Jacobi Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dresdner accepts.

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Dr. Richard A Knipe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Richard Knipe practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Knipe average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Knipe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Knipe's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Dr. Michael Diaz, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Diaz's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. On average, patients gave Dr. Diaz a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in bone marrow aspiration and HIV/AIDS. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Diaz attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, HIV/AIDS

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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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