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We found 32 oncologists who accept Aetna QPOS near Concord, CA.

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Kenneth Chao, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Chao practices radiation oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Chao speaks Mandarin. He is especially interested in brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. Dr. Chao accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Radiation Therapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Joseph Charles Torkildson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Torkildson is a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Torkildson's areas of expertise consist of cancer and blood disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Before completing his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland, Dr. Torkildson attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Torkildson has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Meningioma, Acoustic Neuroma, Solid Tumor, Blood Disorders, Spinal Cord Problems, Cancer, Lymphoma

Dr. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Melnyk's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. He speaks Ukrainian. Dr. Melnyk's professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Elliott P Vichinsky, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He works in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Vichinsky has indicated that his clinical interests include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vichinsky takes. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Seattle Children's Hospital. His distinctions include: San Francisco Super Doctors; Distinguished Leadership As Chair of the CAF Medical Advisory Board; and Lifetime Achievement Award, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Vichinsky welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Iron Overload, Stroke, Thalassemia

Dr. Caroline Aimee Hastings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Caroline Hastings specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Hastings is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Hastings is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Acute Leukemia

Dr. Lesley C Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Lesley Martin works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Martin include blood disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martin honors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Martin welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni, MBA, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology
130 La Casa Viaduct; Building 3-#111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni practices spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Donthineni include spine surgery procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Donthineni attended the University of Wales College of Medicine for medical school. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Donthineni has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Sravana Kumar Chennupati, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Sravana Chennupati specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chennupati honors. He has an open panel. Dr. Chennupati's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Gynecologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth A Odumakinde, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Odumakinde's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She speaks Yoruba. Dr. Odumakinde's professional affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed her residency at VA Medical Center. Dr. Odumakinde honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jelena M Milojevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Jelena Kao sees patients in San Mateo, CA, San Leandro, CA, and Dublin, CA. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Kao honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Kao (or staff) is conversant in Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Kao is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Mark Walters is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He works in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Walters is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walters has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Bone Problems, Bone Marrow Transplant, Thalassemia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beverly F McLeod, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Beverly McLeod's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McLeod accepts. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center for residency. Dr. McLeod's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Concord, CA, Vallejo, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Krupitskaya is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Krupitskaya is professionally affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Alison T Matsunaga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Alison Matsunaga works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matsunaga takes. Dr. Matsunaga attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Matsunaga welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Christine Sumi Chung, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Christine Chung is a radiation oncologist in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chung's residency was performed at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Her areas of expertise include radiation therapy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean, Spanish, and French. Dr. Chung is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay is a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and surgical oncologist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Upadhyay include cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Upadhyay's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas ... (Read more)

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.