We found 26 oncologists who accept Humana near Walnut Creek, CA.

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Chao is a specialist in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chao include brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. Dr. Chao's hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Chao performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is conversant in Mandarin.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Radiation Therapy, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Joseph Torkildson is a medical specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Torkildson include cancer and blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, he completed his residency training at Naval Hospital Oakland. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Chemotherapy, Spinal Cord Tumor, Cancer, Brain Tumor

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
500 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Russell Pachynski's medical specialty is adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: immunotherapy and prostate cancer. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Pachynski is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Prostate Cancer

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Hastings is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Before performing her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Hastings attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Hastings is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord Tumor, Acute Leukemia

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Melnyk is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Melnyk speaks Ukrainian.

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Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner's specialty is gynecologic oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Lerner honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lerner's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Lerner attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Russian.

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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 pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. Dr. Vichinsky's areas of expertise consist of sickle cell disease and thalassemia. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Seattle Children's Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Vichinsky's practice is open to new patients.

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

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. Dr. Donthineni is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Donthineni average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Donthineni welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Sravana Chennupati sees patients in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Chennupati's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Clinical interests for Dr. Chennupati include radiation therapy. Dr. Chennupati is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Chennupati has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Mark Walters is a specialist in 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 accepts. He is professionally affiliated with 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: Bone Marrow Transplant, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, Apheresis

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay is a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and surgical oncologist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Upadhyay's areas of clinical interest consist of cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Upadhyay attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens for residency. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Incisional Hernia, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Heller ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joan Fisher is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Fisher's clinical interests include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. She is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Dr. Fisher attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Christine Chung, who practices in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and French. Dr. Chung has a special interest in radiation therapy. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Before completing her residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Dr. Chung attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. James Rembert specializes in radiation oncology. In his practice, Dr. Rembert focuses on stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Dr. Rembert accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Rembert's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva specializes in radiation oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. Dr. Sachdeva's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Sachdeva attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo.

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

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

Dr. Robert Raphael works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Raphael welcomes new patients. Dr. Raphael studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Bleeding Disorders, Cancer Survivorship

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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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