We found 7 medical oncologists who accept Healthfirst near Stony Brook, NY.

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Dr. Alison Tami Stopeck, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Edmund Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Alison Stopeck is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, she completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. In her practice, she is particularly interested in breast cancer. Dr. Stopeck honors Healthfirst, Workers' Compensation, and Vytra, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Shenhong Wu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
University Hospital; L5 Suite 1
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Shenhong Wu works as an adult oncologist and medical oncologist. He is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wu trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Northport VA Medical Center.

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Dr. Yue Zhang, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Edmund D Pellegrino Road, Hsc Level 15; Room 40
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Yue Zhang works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Stony Brook, NY. Her areas of expertise include cancer, cancer prevention, and clinical trials. She accepts HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zhang attended Peking Union Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Cancer Prevention, Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, Cancer

Dr. Andrzej Kudelka, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3 Pellegrino Road; Z8151
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Andrzej Kudelka is a hospitalist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kudelka include ovarian cancer, thyroid cancer, and breast cancer. After completing medical school at Medical University of Gdansk, Dr. Kudelka performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. He honors Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Cervix Problems, Ovarian Cancer, Sarcoma, Cancer, Breast Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Legal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
235 N Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY

Dr. Christi Kim is a medical oncologist, hematologist, and legal medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include lung cancer, breast cancer, and lymphoma. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Kim performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Breast Issues, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Bone Problems, Colon Cancer, Blood Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mahmut Yasar Celiker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Medical Oncology, Pediatric Oncology
University Hospital; L5
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Mahmut Celiker practices pediatric hematology, pediatric oncology, and medical oncology. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Istanbul University. Dr. Celiker trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
Hsc T15 040
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Amna Sher is a specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sher include esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Sher is in-network for Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Fidelis, HealthSmart, and more. She graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for her residency.

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Clinical interests: Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

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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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