We found 4 oncologists who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Charlotte, NC.

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Dr. John Matthew McDonald, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
200 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte, NC

Dr. John McDonald is a specialist in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. McDonald completed his residency training at Carolinas Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. McDonald has received include Best Doctors in America-Gynecologic Oncology; Best Doctors in America Database; and Top Doctor-Gynecologic Oncology. His professional affiliations include Novant Health and Presbyterian Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Matthew Evan Alter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1918 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Matthew Alter is a physician who specializes in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. In his practice, Dr. Alter focuses on abdominal surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Alter performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. He is professionally affiliated with Novant Health. Dr. Alter has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Abdominal Surgery

Dr. Ilan David Avin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
200 Hawthorne Lane; 3rd Floor
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Ilan Avin sees patients in Charlotte, NC. His medical specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Avin honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital and Novant Health. Dr. Avin is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Gregory Keith Pennock, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1021 Morehead Medical Drive; Suite 3100
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Gregory Pennock, who practices in Cornelius, NC and Charlotte, NC, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Pennock's areas of expertise consist of immunotherapy and melanoma. He 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. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Allegheny General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. In addition to English, Dr. Pennock speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy, Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Skin Cancer, Musculoskeletal Problems, 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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