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We found 32 oncologists who accept Health Net HMO for Large and Small Groups near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Kenneth Chao, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Chao sees patients in Emeryville, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, and Antioch, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. His clinical interests include brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. Dr. Chao takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Chao speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Radiation Therapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Joseph Charles Torkildson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Torkildson works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. He is especially interested in cancer and blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Before performing his residency at Naval Hospital Oakland, Dr. Torkildson attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. Dr. Torkildson is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Meningioma, Acoustic Neuroma, Solid Tumor, Blood Disorders, Spinal Cord Problems, Cancer, Lymphoma

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. Elliott P Vichinsky, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky practices pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Vichinsky include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vichinsky accepts. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Seattle Children's Hospital for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vichinsky include: San Francisco Super Doctors; Distinguished Leadership As Chair of the CAF Medical Advisory Board; and Lifetime Achievement Award, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Iron Overload, Stroke, Thalassemia

Dr. Caroline Aimee Hastings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Caroline Hastings is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Hastings is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Acute Leukemia

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. Rakesh Donthineni, MBA, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology
130 La Casa Viaduct; Building 3-#111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni practices spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Donthineni is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Donthineni's clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Donthineni takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Sravana Kumar Chennupati, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Sravana Chennupati is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. Dr. Chennupati's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chennupati's practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Gynecologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, ... (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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Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Mark Walters specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walters welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Walters completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Bone Problems, Bone Marrow Transplant, Thalassemia, ... (Read more)

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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Dr. Alison T Matsunaga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Alison Matsunaga specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Matsunaga attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matsunaga takes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Christine Sumi Chung, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Christine Chung practices radiation oncology in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. In her practice, Dr. Chung focuses on radiation therapy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chung attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean, Spanish, and French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Chung welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. In his practice, Dr. Upadhyay focuses on cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Upadhyay is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas ... (Read more)

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What is Oncology?

An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient’s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible.

Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications.

There are three main types of oncologists:
  • Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term “medical oncologist” refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient’s treatment.
  • Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
  • Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also recognizes the subspecialties of Gynecological Oncology, which focuses on cancers of the female reproductive tract, and Pediatric Oncology, which deals with cancers that are most common in childhood.

In the United States, nearly one-half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. It is an unfortunately common disease that can sometimes be life-threatening. Oncologists provide care to millions of people facing that diagnosis every year.