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Dr. Lawrence Hochman

Radiation Oncology
New Port Richey, FL
32 years experience male

Locations

Florida Cancer Affiliates

New Port Richey, FL

Address

5500 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

Medicaid

United healthcare

Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO

About

Bio

Board certified radiation oncologist with strong interest in cutting edge technology use in the community. Have brought IMRT, IGRT, SRS, SABR, and HDR brachytherapy to a small community setting in gulf coast Florida. Strong interest in brachytherapy including prostate, breast and gynecology. I have been involved in technology evaluation and implementation and have served on the radiation executive board of US Oncology. Currently I am a managing director of Florida Cancer Affiliates.

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

163 Answers
212 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: An elevated psa should be the first step that should send a patient on the road for a full evaluation by a urologist. This will include a digital rec... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Tonsil tumor: A cancer that arises on the tonsil.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes : Unfortunately abdominal cancers n general can metastasize and can go to the spine or nerve roots but this is not the most likely picture. Pancreatic ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not likely: Ct scan is most unlikely to be the cause of this. See your primary doctor or a dermatologist for an evaluation.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: Dysplastic nevus is not cancer, but left alone these can progress to cancer. Best to have it removed, that is all the treatment necessary.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
More!: Assuming that you are talking about skin cancer, squamous carcinomas can be aggressive and left alone can recur and spread to lymph node sites. Furth... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Probably not: End stages of ovarian cancer are usually accompanied by ascities. The fluid buildup in the abdomen can be very uncomfortable as well as eventually re... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Different growth: Basal cell skin cancers often grow deeper and more destructive when left untreated causing large ulcerated areas. Squamous carcinomas more often sprea... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Absolutely: Depression reduces quality of life. In patients with terminal cancer quality is very important and depression should be treated to help improve quali... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Excellent Prognosis: Dcis is usually treated with a combination of surgery followed by radiation therapy. The local control rates approach 100% this way. Cosmetic outcom... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: It's possible to get breast cancer in the opposite breast, and it's possible to get a recurrence of breast cancer in the residual breast after conserv... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
NO: Cervical cancers are associated with hpv but this is not the only cause. Cervical cancer certainly can arise in the absence of std either in yourself... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: In fact, i explain to my patients that the irritation of the prostate after seed implants comes from two components. Mechanical prostatitis in the sh... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes and no: Radiation therapy is a long established treatment for many cancers. The use of radiation for cancer treatment now goes back over one hundred years. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Totally False!: Scabies are easily transmitted, can affect "very" uncomfortable areas of the body and need to be treated in order to be eradicated! your coworker is u... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Full evaluation: Full evaluation by a multidisciplinary team including an experienced surgeon, a medical and radiation oncologist. Imaging of the abdomen and full bod... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: Fecal occult blood testing looks for unseen blood in the stool. One should not have blood in the stool. If the fecal occult blood test is positive, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Quality of life: Palliative care can occur both in and out of hospice. Many people equate hospice with "doing nothing", but good hospice care involves palliation of s... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No good answer here!: Invasive ductal carcinoma, and ductal carcinoma in situ are not the same thing. They are often treated in similar fashion, with surgery and radiation... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Can elevate PS: Prostatitis can elevate the psa. Treat the prostatic is first and then repeat the psa. If still elevated then proceed to biopsy. If cancer is found p... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Breast Cancer: Tubular carcinoma is a rare form of breast cancer where the microscopic appearance of the tumor cells resemble tubes. These account for only about 2%... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Likely infectious: If the abscess is on the same side as the lymph node, it's likely related. However, if the infection in the tooth resolves and the lymph node doesn't... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: Esophageal cancer is unlikely to be genetic in origin. It is most likely due to exposure to major toxins such as tobacco and alcohol.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Low but rising: Rectal cancer rates are low in the young age groups but recent seer data analysis suggests that the rate of rectal cancer in people under 40 is rising... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not trivial!: Breast cancer, is most commonly of the invasive ductal type. Often there are mixed patterns with medullary or lobular histologies. Perhaps others as... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Maybe: Long term therapy with testosterone blocking agents such as lhrh agonist drugs can cause significant fatigue. In patients with high degree of fatigue... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Graze through day: While patients receiving treatment certainly are helped with anti nausea medications, eating small amounts throughout the day rather than focussing on... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: These are benign tumors of the ovaries that can get very large and painful, but otherwise are not considered malignant. Surgical treatment can be ind... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not terribly: The seed procedure is done under anesthesia so the patient is not awake and doesn't feel the actual insertion of the seeds. Following the procedure t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not much right now: There are no open protocols through the gog (gynecology oncology group). Researchers are studying the role of hpv in vaginal cancer and it appears th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: Throat cancer in early stages can be treated successfully with radiation therapy. Chemotherapy alone is not indicated. In more advanced throat cance... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Really unknown: Recently there have been some articles addressing how long it takes for a cancer to become clinically evident. These looked at lung cancer models. B... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not likely: Unfortunately for patients whose cancer has spread to the bone, the outlook as far as survival is usually not good. Radiation therapy for this is usu... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: But remember, one of the side effects of pelvic radiation therapy can be diarrhea, so keep caffeine intake moderate to avoid increasing the risk of di... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Treatments exist: Depending on the type of brain tumor there are several treatments beyond surgery. Is this a metastasis that's spread from another primary, like breas... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Possibly: Enlarged groin nodes can be a sign of female genital malignancy or more likely an infection at young age. If you have enlarged groin nodes, these sho... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: Cysts are just fluid filled pockets, renal cysts are common and are unrelated to kidney cancer.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Possibly: Your biopsy answer should come quickly. It's certainly possible that this is a new malignancy. It could also be from a benign cause. Please follow ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Never start again!: Your lung cancer risk is diminishing daily since you've quit smoking. The best thing you can do is to never smoke again and maintain good diet and ex... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Need Surgical eval: See your surgeon, or surgical oncologist. It's possible that this is just an abscess, but it could also be a sign of recurrence or a more serious bon... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Probably not related: Pelvic radiation will cause pelvic symptoms. Itchy arms and legs may well be related to a new medicine you are taking. Symptoms outside the radiated... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: There should be a separate report for the hpv test. Or a separate line or addendum to the pap smear report.
A female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Get it checked: A non healing ulcer anywhere needs to be evaluated. On the tonsil, it can be cancer and if it's been there for 3 months than a visit to the ear nose ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Hard to say.: The abdominal aortic aneurysm may be managed surgically or with watchful waiting depending on size. Bladder tumors can be superficial and treated wit... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
No: Radiation exposure is just that, exposure. Whether or not there is radiation damage is something only time will tell. There are many instances where... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Not likely: With a normal ct of the chest, at this point it's unlikely to be cancer of the lung, but there are other causes of upper back pain that need to be inv... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Possible: Its certainly possible to have normal blood counts and still have cancer. Patients often have blood count changes related to cancer treatment.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Possibly: Flushing as a symptom can certainly be related to carcinoid tumor. Also to thyroid cancer, but less likely. Seek an evaluation by a qualified physic... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Cervical Cancer?: Cancer of the cervix occurs in women only and is a cancer of the genital tract. This cancer is often associated with hpv infections, but not always.... Read More

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Sep 11, 2013
excellent analysis and answers with latest information
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hochman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hochman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for your quick and helpful response! I really appreciate the info.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! surgeon recommended 3 mon follow up, and radiologist mri, im confused!
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Thanks for your quick reply! 19years on I am now in pain in clavicle and shoulder

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine

Residency

Tucson General Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Hudson, FL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Hudson, FL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Hudson, FL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Unity oncology llc - corporate
Brooksville regional hospital
Community hospital
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