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Dr. William A Biermann

Medical Oncology
East Norriton, PA
47 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

Tuesday: 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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903 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Review and discuss: Tumor boards are part of certified cancer programs all over the country. They usually have the surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists present. Al... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Injury: Trauma and some illnesses can do this. Remember that nails are related to hair but grow more slowly so that an injury to them may show up over time. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Not really: Primary tumors of bone are not likely to be found by blood test. Other tumors that spead to bone occasionally can be suspected more by symptoms, scans... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
No: Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It is also a serious medical condition, but not cancer.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Your cancer team: Most cancer programs have social workers and other members of the team that are available to get you help.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 47 years experience
In research: This antibody can change the activity of bone cells that are affected by myeloma cells. It is in early clinical trials and I am not sure how long it w... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Type and stage: The type of cancer and its stage determine the outcome. Some cancers are very treatable and some are not. A very early cancer might be cured where an ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Not exactly: The exposure from the average chest xray is 0.1msv (milliserverts). The mammogram is 0.4 msv. A ct of the chest is 7 msv. The risk for the chest xray ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Not ususally: At your age it is not unusual to have lumpy breasts. The reason for mammograms are for screening or to further evaluate a mass. There is no reason for... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Relax for now: We are often asked to see many patients for abnormal or elevated blood counts. Often these are not dangerous problem, but other doctor who are not blo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Not usually: Aplastic anemia is bone marrow failure and is most often caused by an immune process. The treatment is atg and Cyclosporine which impact on the immune... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Yes: Fast growing tumors can grow in nearly any area. The site of the tumor does not always influence the growth rate. The tumors microscopic appearance an... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Possible: Colon cancer can spread to the abdomen. Liver, lung and bone. The spread to the live is most common. This tumor can also spread to the brain in rare c... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Call Oncologist: There are a large amount of information on different approaches to manage toxicity based upon the response of the cml. It is expected that people will... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Varied: In such a case not all of the metastasis will always produce epo.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 47 years experience
Not really: A cancer that begins in the liver is usually related to hepatitis c or b, or other forms of liver injury. The ultrasound, ct scan and MRI are usually ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
See your doctor: It depends on how high the lymphs are and the total wbc. There could be a number of causes of this count, some serious and some not so serious. It cou... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Possibly: If there are no other signs of spread, an involved node does increase risk of recurrence. There are other factors such as grade, and cancer mutations ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Not sure that there : Is a direct relationship. Mosaic perfusion is a pattern of vessels in the lung associated with pulmonary hypertension and other pulmonary vascular dis... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Tough to answer: Usually a disease of children and very uncommon at that. Very rare in adults. Definitely should be treated at a center. Difficult to answer the questi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Service type: Subacute care is between hospital care and nursing home care, such as inpatient rehab. Outpatient care is a broad term that includes outpatient visit,... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
Hard to say: There are many kinds of pigmented lesions that are called moles. Most are absolutely benign, so i can't give a time frame. There are estimates of how ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 47 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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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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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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