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We found 27 oncologists who accept Humana 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. 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. 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. 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)

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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. 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)

Dr. Joan Mistretta Fisher, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joan Fisher's areas of specialization are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She has a special interest in hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fisher graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Fisher's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Palliative Care, Hypnosis, Cancer, Lymphoma, Hospice

Dr. James Lawrence Rembert, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. James Rembert's area of specialization is radiation oncology. In Dr. Rembert's practice, he is particularly interested in stereotactic radiosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Rembert attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Prostate Brachytherapy, Prostate Cancer

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva works as a radiation oncologist in Emeryville, CA, Antioch, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Sachdeva include radiation therapy. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Sachdeva completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. Dr. Sachdeva is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Ethan Bitar, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3730 Mount Diablo Boulevard; Suite 100
Lafayette, CA
 

Dr. David Bitar works as a surgical oncologist and colon and rectal surgeon in Berkeley, CA and Lafayette, CA. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in colorectal surgery procedures. Dr. Bitar accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, Dr. Bitar attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Bitar's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Polyps, Anal Fissures, Hemorrhoids, Colorectal Cancer

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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.