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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 specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed her residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Kent's clinical interests encompass breast cancer, oncoplastic breast surgery, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Kent's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. William Tseng is a surgical oncologist. In his practice, Dr. Tseng focuses on sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer) and melanoma. He accepts United Healthcare EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tseng 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. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. He 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's areas of specialization are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. After attending Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Zaky completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.