Dr. William A Biermann

Medical Oncology
East Norriton, PA
48 years experience male

Locations

Medical Oncology Hematology Associates

East Norriton, PA

Address

609 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 280, East Norriton, PA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Independence Blue Cross Group

UnitedHealthcare

Cigna

CIGNA Health Care

Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Inc

About

Bio

I have been a practicing physician in a group practice associated with Jefferson. Recently, I joined the Einstein Medica Oncology Hematology Associates. I am the lead physician for Oncology at the new Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. I had a heart transplant 11 years ago and can answer questions from a patient standpoint. I enjoy my family, good wines, classical guitar and my practice. I also am a member ACPE and have an MBA in health management. I am a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and currently on the Clinical Practice Committee. Member of American Society of Breast Diseases.

Specialties
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Medical Oncology

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322 Answers
903 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Unlikely: Pa is an immune disorder that interferes with the absorption of b12. Swollen nodes have many causes, often benign. You should see your doctor to answe... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
No: This a disease that has a very variable course, but many people live for decades with this disease and need no treatment. In its aggressive form, and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Premenopausal women: This is an aromatase inhibitor. This class of drugs is not effective for premenopausal women. It is used in the adjuvant setting and occasionally for ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Bone narrow disease: This is a group of disease that result in bone marrow failure. This can present as anemia or low blood counts. There are several forms of the disorder... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpfu... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Discuss: This is a great question. I think that it is best done when there is not a crisis. The direct approach with a very caring sense is important. You want... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Depends on site: The most common site is the arteries that go to the kidney. This causes elevated blood pressure. This is a disease treated with angioplasty. It is a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
No: Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It is also a serious medical condition, but not cancer.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It varies: It depends on the type of cancer and treatment. Some treatments can cause swallowing issues or change in the taste of foods. Thoses issues would have ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
This is the current: Standard treatment. There is a clinical trial comparing interferon to a new immunotherapy. Both treatments can be toxic. I think that the difficult is... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Unlikely: This is a naturopathic approach of unknown benefit. Gbm is a very difficult disease that can cause significant disability. I would discuss any supplem... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Disappointing: There have been several attempts to demonstrate that these types of test can be helpful. Unfortunately, they have not been of great value. The hope i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
This not a true chem: It is a form of somatostatin, which is used to treat symptoms from carcinoid syndrome such as severe diarrhea, itch severe flushing. It has many othe... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Depends: This drug is used in several diseases in the adjuvant and treatment setting. It can be used in colon cancer, breast cancer, rectal and other diseases.... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Varied: In such a case not all of the metastasis will always produce epo.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Smoking: The current high risk group is people who have a greater than 30 pack year smoking history (packs/ day x years smoking) within 30 years. At your age i... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It is possible: For a significant period of time the standard approach was to treat for 4 months and stop, because studies showed that ongoing treatment was no better... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Blood disease: These are a group of blood disorders that cause anemia or problems with the white cells, platelets or all three. There are several different forms t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It depends: There is no single answer. In early breast cancer the delay might be 4 weeks. In lung cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers the treatments are giv... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Not sure: I am not sure about your question. I think that you are asking how long it stays in the system after 6 months of use. A typical schedule in 2 weeks o... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
See your doctor: There are many causes of swollen lymph nodes. Most are benign and related to infection. These usually are gone quickly. Some have serious causes and m... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
No: It is an autoimmune disease and not a malignancy.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Hard to say: Anemia might be a sign of leukemia. There are so many causes of anemia that are benign that leukemia is not high on the list. Anemia does not truly t... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It is often used: There are a number of guidelines for the use of radioiodine after surgery for the more common types of thyroid cancer. The details should be reviewed ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Type of cells: These terms are usually associated with leukemia. In simple terms here is an answer. The lymphocytic types are derived from lymph cell lines. The myel... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Training: First college, the med school. For surgical oncology, a residency then fellowship, for radiation, a residency, for medical, residence and fellowship... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Estimate: About 80, 000 cases are expected in the us in the next year based on the seer database.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
May not be related: Gynecomastia is caused by hormonal imbalances of many causes. One of these is liver diseases such as cirrhosis. Other causes are medications. This pro... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Fluid build up: After the lynph channels are injured causes this problem. It is a byproduct of the node removal. The lymph channels carry fluid that leaks from blood ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Likely: There are reports that do agree that this is the case. There ares still seminomas and other primary testicular cancers seen in this age group. In gene... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
A gene : This is a gene is involved in growth and differentiation. It can be mutated and involved in some cancer cell growth systems. There are now drugs that ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Varies: In most cases you would feel nothing. It is only when the nodes are significantly enlarged and cause pressure on other areas of the chest that symptom... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Unlikely: This is a very nonspecific finding. This is often seen in viral illnesses. Often it is not a significant problem.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Multiple things: There are so many things that could cause this that it is hard to begin. It could be thyroid disease, sleep issues, depression, anemia. Ths list is lo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
A lump: Usually most patients present with an enlarged lymph node. Sometimes an abnormal x ray. The more advanced symptoms include fever, night sweats and wei... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Possibly: In the adjuvant setting a hormone blocking agent such as an ai might be used. That would be for hormone sensitve tumors. In metastatic disease the si... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Not usually: In fact, some of the anti-anxiety agents such as Ativan might help with nausea problem. Another drug that is helpful is zyprexa (olanzapine). The ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Several: It is an androgen. It has less toxicity than some other drugs in this family. It can effect sexual function. Cause gynecomastia, liver dysfunction. T... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: In addition many cancer programs have palliative care teams as part of the cancer program. They are a great supplement to the care of the patient and ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: Studies have shown an increase risk of breast cancer in patients treated with estrogen replacement. In fact, women at high risk for getting breast can... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Hopefully not : Some oncologists may be paid to give sponsored talks about drugs they have researched. Currently, they should only receive payment only for their time... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
A tumor: This is located in the pituitary gland. Most of these are benign in nature. They can be associated with hormone over function, under function. Or have... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: This is a localized tumor of the cells that cause myeloma. It most often occurs in bone. Usually it is treated with. Radiation. About 50% can develop ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
EGFR mutated : This is a drug that works best for non squamous cell cancers. It is best used for tumors that have a mutation in the egfr gene. Tumor samples are test... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It is benign: You may have both fibrocystic disease and fibroadenoma. Since this is a benign condition we usually don't speak of cure. You should discuss further wi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Given for prevention: This is chemotherapy that is given to improve the chance of cure after surgery.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It varies: Some mammogram units give immediate feedback. Other take a day or two. You should also receive a letter from the radiologist.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
It depends on type: There are several types of non-hodgkins lymphoma. Some have very long survivals but few cures. Others can be cured. Your doctor can tell you more base... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Good: Most uterine cancers are found in early stages and are curable with surgery. There are more aggressive forms and later stages that are more dangerous.... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 48 years experience
Possible but depends: Breast cancer can return after 5 years. There are a number of factors that influence this. The stage, type of cancer, hormone receptor and her-2 stat... Read More
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Sep 12, 2013
Very intelligent specialist in oncology. Great answers. A pleasure to recommend.
Jul 28, 2012
Thank you for your valuable input.
Jan 1, 2013
Great responses. Very thorough.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I recently was poisoned by a combination of bad water and topical bactroban usage. My bowel movements have since altered in a way I'm not acclimated toward. Again many t...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Your focused reply is greatly appreciated by anyone with this problem. 4 other MD's agreed online! You are so giving and everyone will feel more hope.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Past President Montgomery Hospital
Best doctors of Montgomery County
Most Influential, First Place, Philadelphia, PA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Mercy Suburban Hospital
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
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