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 is an adult oncologist, medical oncologist, and hematologist. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his residency, Dr. Pachynski trained at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Pachynski's areas of expertise consist of immunotherapy and prostate cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and a graduate of Michael Reese Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Melnyk average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Melnyk is conversant in Ukrainian. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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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 physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She has a special interest in blood disorders. Dr. Martin is affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Martin attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency.

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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 works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Concord, CA, Vallejo, CA, and Brentwood, CA. She speaks Yoruba. Dr. Odumakinde's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Before performing her residency at VA Medical Center, Dr. Odumakinde attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Odumakinde's office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Kao (or staff) speaks Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kao honors. 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's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Krupitskaya is open to new patients. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian.

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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 areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; she sees patients in Concord, CA and Vallejo, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center. Dr. McLeod honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to 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.