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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 general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist in San Diego, CA and Encinitas, CA. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, biopsy, and thyroid cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is conversant in Taiwanese. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Chen's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Tahir Ijaz is a radiation oncologist in San Diego, CA and Encinitas, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ijaz include radiation therapy. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ijaz is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

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

Dr. James Mason sees patients in La Jolla, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise consist of cancer and blood disorders. Dr. Mason takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mason has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic 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 works as a medical oncologist and hematologist. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Bessudo attended National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school. His clinical interests include cancer and blood disorders. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bessudo at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bessudo honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bessudo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a radiation oncology specialist in Vista, CA and Encinitas, CA. Her clinical interests include radiation therapy. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Lean attended Medical University of Gdansk for medical school. She is conversant in Polish. Dr. Lean's hospital/clinic 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. She attended medical school at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Frakes has a special interest in cancer and blood disorders. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield. Dr. Frakes has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Frakes's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

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 oncology specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Urbanic attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Urbanic is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes new patients.

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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 radiation oncologist and neuroradiologist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Pakbaz is conversant in Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pakbaz include endovascular surgery. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. Dr. Pakbaz honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endovascular Surgery

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

Dr. Patrick Linson is a radiation oncology specialist in Vista, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Linson include radiation therapy. Dr. Linson is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Linson is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes new patients.

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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 sees patients in Vista, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Kased attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Kased's areas of expertise consist of radiation therapy and imaging procedures. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kased is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He has an open panel.

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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 is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in La Jolla, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. His clinical interests encompass general care and blood disorders. Dr. Sigal's professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has an open panel. 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, Davis.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, General Care

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

Dr. Kenneth Shimizu's medical specialty is radiation oncology. His clinical interests encompass radiation therapy. Dr. Shimizu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Green Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Shimizu attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Shimizu 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 specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Vista, CA, San Diego, CA, and Encinitas, CA. She speaks Telugu. Clinical interests for Dr. Koka include radiation therapy. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She graduated from St. George's, University of London and the University College London (UCL) Medical School and then she performed her residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. The average patient rating for Dr. Koka is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koka takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Koka's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Ramdev Konijeti, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
310 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 205
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Ramdev Konijeti's medical specialty is general surgery, urologic oncology, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Konijeti accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Konijeti attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Konijeti (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Spanish. Dr. Konijeti is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
477 N El Camino Real; Suite D200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Edward McClay specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. Dr. McClay's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. McClay include cancer and blood disorders. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McClay graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1200 Garden View Road; Suite 200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Rupa Subramanian practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Subramanian include cancer and blood disorders. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Subramanian attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at VA Medical Center for residency. Dr. Subramanian (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

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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.