Tucker W. Coston, MD
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It is a privilege to come alongside patients in such a pivotal moment. I strive to honor that by delivering the highest quality of care possible.
– Tucker W. Coston, MD

Tucker W. Coston, MD

Medical Oncologist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Cancer Center - Durham, NC
Duke Cancer Center Gastrointestinal (GI) Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Raleigh Hematology Oncology Clinic - Raleigh, NC
Duke Raleigh Hospital - Raleigh, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Internal Medicine
It is a privilege to come alongside patients in such a pivotal moment. I strive to honor that by delivering the highest quality of care possible.
– Tucker W. Coston, MD

About Me

I specialize in treating cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and associated organs, delivering the medical oncology care. This often involves discussions of new cancer diagnoses, coordinating the necessary initial work-up, involvement of other cancer specialists if necessary (including radiation oncologists, surgeons, etc.). My other primary role as the medical oncologist is delivery of the medications to treat cancer, whether that be IV chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other non-chemo cancer treatments. While I treat all cancers of the GI tract, I am the primary specialist at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center for treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (or NETs, as they are sometimes called). Additionally, with my practice spanning both Duke's main campus in Durham as well as Wake County, I have the opportunity to lead and enroll patients onto some clinical trials when these are available. This offers the unique opportunity for carefully selected patients to receive treatments that are being studied to improve the standard of care treatments available. My practice philosophy is to care for my patients with the quality and attention to detail as if they were my own family.

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Internal Medicine
Hematology-Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic (Minnesota), 2020-2023
Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Minnesota), 2017-2020
MD, Loma Linda University (California), 2017

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

During my fellowship training at Mayo Clinic, I had the opportunity to lead several studies evaluating patient outcomes in many types of GI cancers. The goal of these projects was to explore the treatment of rare cancers, with the hope of improving the effectiveness of our treatments while minimizing the associated toxicities. My research at Duke is made up predominantly by site leadership of clinical trials, testing new and evolving diagnostic strategies and treatment regimens in order to improve outcomes in the treatment of patients with GI cancers.


Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Horizon CME/Pri-Med