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We found 26 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 is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Chao's clinical interests encompass brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Chao attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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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 practices pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Torkildson include cancer and blood disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torkildson accepts. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at Naval Hospital Oakland for his residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Torkildson is open to new patients.

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

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's areas of expertise include the following: immunotherapy and prostate cancer. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his professional training, Dr. Pachynski completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hastings completed residency programs at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Hastings is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord Tumor, Acute Leukemia

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 specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Melnyk takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Ukrainian. Dr. Melnyk's professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Dimitry Lerner's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. His areas of clinical interest consist of ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. His professional 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. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Lerner is conversant in Russian.

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

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

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky is a specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vichinsky include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vichinsky's practice is open to new patients. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Seattle Children's Hospital. 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.

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

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

Dr. Sravana Chennupati works as a radiation oncologist in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. Dr. Chennupati has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Chennupati speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Clinical Trials, ... (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 specializes in spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. His areas of expertise include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Donthineni is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Donthineni's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Donthineni is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Mark Walters is a physician who specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Walters takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Walters has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Transplant, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, Apheresis

Dr. Joan Mistretta Fisher, MD
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. She works in San Francisco, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Fisher is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Fisher's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Christine Chung practices radiation oncology. After attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chung completed her residency training at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Her clinical interests encompass radiation therapy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chung (or staff) is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), 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. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). After attending Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. Areas of expertise for Dr. Upadhyay include cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Upadhyay accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. James Rembert is a radiation oncologist. He is especially interested in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Rembert accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rembert is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency.

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

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

Dr. Robert Raphael's medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raphael takes. Dr. Raphael is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Raphael's hospital/clinic 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: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Bleeding Disorders, Cancer Survivorship

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

Dr. James Feusner is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. His clinical interests include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Feusner is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Feusner is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Seattle Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Hepatoblastoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia

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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.