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Dr. Marcia J. Browne MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
average rating 2.5 stars (1 rating)
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Marcia Browne specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Her areas of expertise include breast cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System and Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Browne honors. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Browne attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Browne's distinctions include: Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition Outstanding Physician of the Year; Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, NIH; and Hinton Award Outstanding Resident. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and Khmer.

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Clinical interests: Cancer, Breast Cancer

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Richard Penson practices adult oncology and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Penson's clinical interests: psychological support for cancer patients and gynecologic cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is a graduate of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. For his professional training, Dr. Penson completed a residency program at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Partners in Excellence; Member of Royal College of Physicians Partners in Excellence; and Award The 100. Dr. Penson (or staff) speaks French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Psychological Support for Cancer Patients, Gynecologic Cancer

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Azzoli's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thoracic cancer. Dr. Azzoli's professional affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Azzoli completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Cancer

Ms. Elizabeth Bigger M.D.
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Bigger's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Concord, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bigger include breast cancer and lymphoma. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bigger is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bigger is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She speaks French.

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Clinical interests: Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Donald Lawrence specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Lawrence's areas of clinical interest consist of head and neck cancer and melanoma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Emerson Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Head and Neck Cancer, Melanoma

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.
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