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John Wang, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Critical Care
Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Dr Intersection; Stony Brook University Hospital, Hsc T18-020
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. John Wang practices general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and critical care (intensive care medicine). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Wang attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Huntington Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Wang is accepting new patients.

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Maged Ghaly, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
989 Jericho Tpk
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Maged Ghaly is a radiation oncologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghaly is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Lenox Hill Hospital, and Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghaly is open to new patients. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Heather Zinkin, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
989 Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Heather Zinkin works as a radiation oncologist. She is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Huntington Hospital, and Northwell Health Cancer Institute. Dr. Zinkin is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Zinkin is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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Dr. David E Rivadeneira, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
222 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. David Rivadeneira specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and colon & rectal surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Rivadeneira (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Plainview Hospital, and Northwell Health Cancer Institute. Dr. Rivadeneira studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Rivadeneira accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New York Super Doctors and Top Doctor, Castle Conollys. He is accepting new patients.

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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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