We found 27 oncologists who accept Humana 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 specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Pachynski obtained his medical school training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Pachynski focuses on immunotherapy and prostate cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Kuang-Hwa Kenneth Chao, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Chao practices radiation oncology. In his practice, Dr. Chao focuses on brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chao trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Chao speaks Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He welcomes 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 specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Torkildson is especially interested in cancer and blood disorders. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at Naval Hospital Oakland for residency. His 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 his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Hepatoblastoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Sarcoma, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Chemotherapy, Stem Cell ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alison Matsunaga's specialties are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Matsunaga's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Matsunaga is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Teaching, Hemophilia, Blood Clots

Dr. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Melnyk accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Melnyk performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. He is conversant in Ukrainian.

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Dr. Dimitry L Lerner, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner is a gynecologic oncology specialist in Walnut Creek, CA. He is conversant in Russian. He has a special interest in ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Lerner is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Lerner trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for his residency. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Colposcopy, Tumor, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky is a medical specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. These areas are among Dr. Vichinsky's clinical interests: sickle cell disease and thalassemia. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Vichinsky trained at Seattle Children's Hospital for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Iron Overload, Thalassemia, Apheresis, Brain Injury

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings practices pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hastings is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hastings's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Hepatoblastoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Sarcoma, Leukemia, Chemotherapy, Stem Cell Transplant, ... (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's specialties are spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology. Dr. Donthineni has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Sutter Delta Medical Center. Dr. Donthineni is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Christine Chung's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Chung is especially interested in radiation therapy. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and French. Dr. Chung's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sravana Chennupati specializes in radiation oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chennupati attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Chennupati is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Clinical Trials, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Rembert specializes in radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rembert include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Rembert's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (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 is a medical specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His areas of clinical interest consist of cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Upadhyay takes. After completing medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and St. Rose Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Incisional Hernia, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Heller ... (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. These areas are among her clinical interests: hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. Dr. Fisher is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency. Her 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

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Mark Walters' medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Walters's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walters honors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Hepatoblastoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Sarcoma, Leukemia, Chemotherapy, Stem Cell Transplant, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. Clinical interests for Dr. Sachdeva include radiation therapy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Sachdeva a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sachdeva honors. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Gastrointestinal ... (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.
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