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 is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Schiffner's clinical interests encompass radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schiffner accepts. Dr. Schiffner welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Spanish.

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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 is a radiation oncology specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include radiation therapy. Dr. Chang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a radiation oncologist in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Lundahl's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lundahl takes. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Lundahl performed his residency at Mayo Clinic.

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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 is a specialist in radiation oncology and medical oncology. He works in Pleasanton, CA, San Mateo, CA, and Mountain View, CA. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sinha accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Sinha (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Al Taira sees patients in Mountain View, CA and San Mateo, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Taira trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taira honors.

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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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