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We found 4 medical oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California near Simi Valley, CA.

Dr. Bahareh Bahadini MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
1157 Swallow Lane
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 527-2770

Dr. Bahareh Bahadini is a medical specialist in medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Bahadini's areas of expertise include breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and blood disorders. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and City of Hope. Dr. Bahadini welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Integrative & Complementary Therapies

Dr. Melissa Jill Cohen MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Hematology (Blood Disorders), Medical Oncology
2750 Sycamore Drive; 201
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 583-0110; (805) 496-5153

Dr. Melissa Cohen's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). She practices in Simi Valley, CA, Porter Ranch, CA, and Westlake Villag, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Cohen attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Clinical interests: General Oncology

Michael S Benjamin MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
2950 Sycamore Drive; Suite 303
Simi Valley, CA

Dr. Michael Benjamin is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Benjamin's clinical interests include breast cancer and blood disorders. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Adventist Health System. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. The average patient rating for Dr. Benjamin is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Breast, Breast Cancer, Hematology

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
1687 Erringer Road; Suite 104
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 583-3006

Dr. Hany Khalil specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Simi Valley, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Khalil a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Arabic.

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.