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Dr. Russell Kent Pachynski, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
500 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Russell Pachynski is a physician who specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). In his practice, he is particularly interested in immunotherapy and prostate cancer. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Pachynski honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Pachynski attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Before completing his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Melnyk attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Melnyk is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Melnyk speaks Ukrainian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Lesley C Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3000 Oak Road; #311
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Lesley Martin is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Martin has indicated that her clinical interests include blood disorders. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Martin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Martin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth A Odumakinde, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Odumakinde's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Concord, CA, Vallejo, CA, and Brentwood, CA. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Odumakinde honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She trained at VA Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Odumakinde is conversant in Yoruba.

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Dr. Jelena M Milojevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Jelena Kao is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Kao accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Kao graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kao trained at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Kao (or staff) is conversant in Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish.

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Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3000 Oak Road; #111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Krupitskaya accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Beverly F McLeod, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Beverly McLeod works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. McLeod studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. McLeod is accepting new patients.

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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.