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We found 22 oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California near Encinitas, CA.

Dr. Steven Li-Wen Chen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
499 N El Camino Real; Suite C200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Steven Chen is a specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, biopsy, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Chen honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Chen attended the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Chen has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Breast Issues, Biopsy, Skin Grafting, Breast Cancer, Melanoma

Dr. James John Urbanic, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1200 Garden View Road; Ucsd Radiation Oncology North County #210
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. James Urbanic is a radiation oncologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. Dr. Urbanic is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Urbanic is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Urbanic completed a residency program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Tahir Ijaz, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Tahir Ijaz practices radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ijaz accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Ijaz welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Ramin Sean Pakbaz, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Neuroradiology
13265 Norcroft Road
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Pakbaz is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology and neuroradiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in endovascular surgery. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pakbaz accepts. Dr. Pakbaz graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Providence Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Pakbaz speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Pakbaz's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endovascular Surgery

Dr. James R Mason, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
310 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 311
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. James Mason specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in La Jolla, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mason include cancer and blood disorders. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mason takes. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Mason's professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

Dr. Alberto Bessudo, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Alberto Bessudo's medical specialty is medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Bessudo average 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Bessudo's practice, he is particularly interested in cancer and blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bessudo is accepting new patients. He attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bessudo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

Dr. Eva K Lean, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Eva Lean's area of specialization is radiation oncology. She is especially interested in radiation therapy. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lean honors. She studied medicine at Medical University of Gdansk. Dr. Lean trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for her residency. She speaks Polish. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Laurie A Frakes, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Laurie Frakes, who practices in Encinitas, CA and Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Frakes is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Frakes include cancer and blood disorders. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Frakes attended medical school at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. She has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

Dr. Kenneth Takeshi Shimizu, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Shimizu is a specialist in radiation oncology. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Shimizu takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Shimizu is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Anuradha Koka, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Anuradha Koka is a radiation oncology specialist in Vista, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Koka average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Koka include radiation therapy. Dr. Koka is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koka accepts. She is accepting new patients. She attended St. George's, University of London and the University College London (UCL) Medical School and subsequently trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. She speaks Telugu.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Norbert Kased, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Norbert Kased is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Vista, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. His areas of expertise include radiation therapy and imaging procedures. Dr. Kased's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Kased's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy, Imaging Procedures

Dr. Darren S Sigal, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
310 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 311
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Darren Sigal specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in La Jolla, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. Dr. Sigal's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Sigal include general care and blood disorders. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sigal's professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, General Care

Dr. Fareeha Siddiqui, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1200 Garden View Road; Suite 200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Fareeha Siddiqui specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Siddiqui (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Siddiqui's areas of expertise include the following: cancer, general care, and blood disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Siddiqui completed a residency program at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Siddiqui takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Siddiqui has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer, General Care

Dr. Rupa Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1200 Garden View Road; Suite 200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Rupa Subramanian's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Subramanian is a graduate of Lady Hardinge Medical College and a graduate of VA Medical Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Subramanian include cancer and blood disorders. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Subramanian (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Subramanian's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

Dr. Patrick W Linson, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Linson is a specialist in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Linson include radiation therapy. Patients gave Dr. Linson an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Linson's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Anjali Anil Bharne, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1200 Garden View Road; Suite 200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Anjali Bharne specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bharne include cancer, general care, and blood disorders. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bharne obtained her medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bharne is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer, General Care

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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.