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We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Health Net Healthy Heart HMO near Palo Alto, CA.

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

Dr. Daniel Schiffner's specialty is radiation oncology. In his practice, Dr. Schiffner focuses on radiation therapy. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Schiffner is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Robert Lundahl works as a radiation oncologist in Palo Alto, CA. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lundahl accepts. He has an open panel. Dr. Lundahl attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic.

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

Dr. Pauling Chang is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. His clinical interests encompass radiation therapy. Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chang's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 Niteen Sinha, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Robert Sinha's specialties are radiation oncology and medical oncology. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Sinha's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sinha (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Sinha is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Al Taira is a specialist in radiation oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Taira attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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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.