We found 7 medical oncologists who accept United Healthcare Compass near Waco, TX.

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Dr. Robert Brian Berryman, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1700 West State Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Robert Berryman's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). His clinical interests encompass blood cancers and bone marrow transplant. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology. Dr. Berryman studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berryman honors.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Transplant, Blood Cancers, Blood and Marrow Transplant

Dr. Thomas J Harris, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1700 W. Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Harris is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Harris trained at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Harris is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Hitesh B Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Hitesh Singh is an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Singh's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at Scott and White Healthcare. He is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Clinical interests: Sarcoma, Solid Tumor, Esophageal Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Lee Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1700 W Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Robert Anderson is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Anderson attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Anderson is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Ofobuike N Okani, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
6520 Horizon Circle
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Ofobuike Okani's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He practices in Waco, TX and Hillsboro, TX. Patients gave Dr. Okani an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Texas Oncology.

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Dr. Carlos A Encarnacion, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1700 W Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Oncology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Encarnacion takes. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Dr. Carl G Chakmakjian, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1700 W Highway 6
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carl Chakmakjian's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chakmakjian 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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