We found 4 medical oncologists who accept United Healthcare HSA near Abilene, TX.

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Dr. Hari Krishna Kalla, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1904 Pine Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Hari Kalla sees patients in Sweetwater, TX and Abilene, TX. His medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kalla graduated from Kurnool Medical College. He trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kalla is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Anton M Melnyk Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1100 N 19th Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Anton Melnyk is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Melnyk at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alberta for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Melnyk is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Ralph F Heaven, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1100 N 19th Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Ralph Heaven practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Heaven is affiliated with Texas Oncology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. Heaven attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Haris Ali Baig, DO
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1904 Pine Street; Suite 1a
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Haris Baig is a specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He works in Abilene, TX. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Baig attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Baig is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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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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