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Dr. Marcia J Browne, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Marcia Browne is an adult hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Khmer. She is especially interested in breast cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Browne obtained her medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition Outstanding Physician of the Year; Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, NIH; and Hinton Award Outstanding Resident. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cancer, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Richard Penson is an adult oncology and medical oncology specialist in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. Dr. Penson's areas of expertise include the following: psychological support for cancer patients and gynecologic cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Dr. Penson attended Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. He has received the following distinctions: Partners in Excellence; Member of Royal College of Physicians Partners in Excellence; and Award The 100. In addition to English, Dr. Penson (or staff) speaks French. He also offers interpreting services for his 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 works as an oncologist and medical oncologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Azzoli include thoracic cancer. Dr. Azzoli honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Azzoli has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth S Bigger, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
57 Prospect Street
Nantucket, MA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Bigger is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Before performing her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Bigger attended Duke University School of Medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include breast cancer and lymphoma. Dr. Bigger is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. In addition to English, she speaks French. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bigger's office for an appointment.

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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's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Boston, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Nantucket, MA. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has a special interest in head and neck cancer and melanoma. Dr. Lawrence is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Emerson Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lawrence's office for an appointment.

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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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