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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 specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Chao's areas of expertise consist of brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chao's professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. In his practice, Dr. Torkildson focuses on cancer and blood disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, Spinal Cord Tumor, Cancer, Brain Tumor

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 specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Melnyk is conversant in Ukrainian. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Before performing his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Melnyk attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Melnyk's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings practices pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hastings studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hastings is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord 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, oncologist, and medical oncologist. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. In her practice, Dr. Martin focuses on blood disorders. Dr. Martin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Martin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Dimitry L Lerner, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
365 Lennon Lane; Suite 250
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner is a physician who specializes in gynecologic oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lerner include ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lerner graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is conversant in Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lerner's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Colposcopy, Tumor, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vichinsky include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vichinsky attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Seattle Children's Hospital for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Vichinsky has received 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Iron Overload, Thalassemia, Apheresis, Brain Injury

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

Dr. Sravana Chennupati is a radiation oncologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Chennupati include radiation therapy. Dr. Chennupati's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Chennupati studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Head and ... (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 specializes in spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Donthineni include spine surgery procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Donthineni's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Elizabeth Odumakinde is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at VA Medical Center, Dr. Odumakinde attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Yoruba. She is 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. Jelena M Milojevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Jelena Kao is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kao has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Kao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish.

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

Dr. Mark Walters' medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Walters's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Walters has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Bone Marrow Transplant, Thalassemia, Apheresis

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

Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Krupitskaya accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Krupitskaya graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian.

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Dr. Joan Mistretta Fisher, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joan Fisher is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She works in San Francisco, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. Dr. Fisher accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Fisher is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Palliative Care, Hypnosis, Cancer, Lymphoma, Hospice

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

Dr. Beverly McLeod is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. McLeod is professionally affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center. Dr. McLeod is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Christine Chung's specialty is radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chung include radiation therapy. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Dr. Chung attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks the following languages: Korean, Spanish, and French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Chung is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (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.