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 a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He has a special interest in immunotherapy and prostate cancer. Dr. Pachynski takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Pachynski attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. His hospital/clinic 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 medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Melnyk's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Michael Reese Hospital. He is conversant in Ukrainian. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Melnyk's 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 medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martin include blood disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martin takes. She is open to new patients. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Martin completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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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 medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Odumakinde is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at VA Medical Center. 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 sees patients in Concord, CA, Vallejo, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For her residency, Dr. Krupitskaya trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. In addition to English, Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Krupitskaya's professional affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in San Mateo, CA, San Leandro, CA, and Dublin, CA. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kao welcomes new patients. Dr. Kao is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kao (or staff) speaks Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish.

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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 is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Concord, CA and Vallejo, CA. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. McLeod completed her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Solano Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Her practice 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.
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