We found 7 medical oncologists who accept Aetna HMO near Walnut Creek, CA.

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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's medical specialty is adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Pachynski include immunotherapy and prostate cancer. Dr. Pachynski takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord.

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

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

Dr. Lesley Martin's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martin include blood disorders. Dr. Martin honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. 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. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Melnyk accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Melnyk attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is conversant in Ukrainian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Melnyk is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Odumakinde works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Odumakinde is conversant in Yoruba. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at VA Medical Center. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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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 practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Before completing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Krupitskaya attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In addition to English, Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Krupitskaya has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. McLeod is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. McLeod trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center. Dr. McLeod takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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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 works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kao is accepting new patients. Dr. Kao studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Kao (or staff) speaks Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish.

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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.
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