We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Aetna Choice POS near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Daniel Carl Schiffner, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Schiffner practices radiation oncology. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schiffner include radiation therapy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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, Irvine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schiffner accepts. Dr. Schiffner has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Pauling Chang, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Pauling Chang, who practices in Palo Alto, CA and Sunnyvale, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chang include radiation therapy. Dr. Chang's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chang graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). The average patient rating for Dr. Chang is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert E Lundahl, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lundahl specializes in radiation oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lundahl accepts. Dr. Lundahl graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. Dr. Lundahl is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert Niteen Sinha, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Robert Sinha practices radiation oncology and medical oncology in Pleasanton, CA, San Mateo, CA, and Mountain View, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Sinha (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. Dr. Sinha attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Sinha has an open panel.

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Dr. Al Vincent Taira, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Al Taira, who practices in Mountain View, CA and San Mateo, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Taira attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Taira's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the safe use of radiation to treat cancer. Usually, they will manage a patient’s entire radiation treatment, from the imaging that will guide decisions, to the choices about what kind of radiation therapy to use.

Radiation is one of the few substances that can kill cancer cells and even shrink tumors. It does this by damaging DNA. When DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, cells can no longer reproduce, and they stop growing and die. Cancer cells are more susceptible to radiation than healthy tissue, because they reproduce faster. So typically, cancer cells exposed to radiation will be affected faster than healthy cells will. However it’s still important to protect healthy tissue as much as possible.

There are three ways that radiation can be delivered to the body. It can come from outside the body, delivered by a machine in much the same way x-rays are taken. This is called external-beam radiation. Sometimes the radiation is delivered internally, which is called brachytherapy. Tiny pellets of radioactive material are placed directly onto the cancer, where they can release radiation for a period of time. Some cancers are best treated systemically, with radioactive substances that travel through the bloodstream. Radiation oncologists decide which type of radiation therapy is best, developing a treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the benefits of the radiation while minimizing the risk to any healthy tissue.

Radiation oncologists may work with other kinds of physicians, such as medical oncologists or surgeons, to treat their patients. Sometimes patients are anxious about radiation therapy because it sounds dangerous. But radiation therapy won’t turn you radioactive. It’s safe, and so effective against many different types of cancer that it is one of the most common cancer treatments. Depending on the treatment, it may not even have noticeable side effects.

Radiation oncologists can be important allies in your fight against cancer.
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