We found 3 oncologists who accept United Healthcare Gold EPO near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Vaishali Trivedi Kent, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1510 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Vaishali Kent's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Kent has a special interest in breast cancer and nipple-sparing mastectomy. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kent is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

Dr. William Wei-Lin Tseng, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. William Tseng sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Tseng studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has indicated that his clinical interests include sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer) and melanoma. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Science Education Award, American Association for Cancer Research; Resident's Research Award, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract; and Julius Conn Award, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. Dr. Tseng speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Tseng is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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Clinical interests: Sarcoma, Melanoma

Dr. Wafik T Zaky, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
4650 W Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Wafik Zaky is a physician who specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His education and training includes medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Zaky is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Choice, and 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.