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 works as a radiation oncologist in Emeryville, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, and Antioch, CA. Dr. Chao has a special interest in brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. He is affiliated with 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 is open to new patients. Dr. Chao graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Chao is conversant in Mandarin.

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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 practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Pachynski attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Dr. Pachynski's clinical interests encompass immunotherapy and prostate cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is 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. Joseph Charles Torkildson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Torkildson's medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. His areas of expertise include cancer and blood disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Torkildson attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Torkildson's residency was performed at Naval Hospital Oakland. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients.

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

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 physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Melnyk is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Melnyk honors. Dr. Melnyk attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Michael Reese Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Melnyk speaks Ukrainian. He is affiliated with 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. Dimitry L Lerner, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner works as a gynecologic oncologist. Dr. Lerner graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Lerner is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. His practice 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 specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He has indicated that 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. Before completing his residency at Seattle Children's Hospital, Dr. Vichinsky attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Vichinsky 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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' specialties are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. 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, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hastings's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord 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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Donthineni is 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Donthineni focuses on spine surgery procedures. Dr. Donthineni's 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. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Donthineni completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay's areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). In addition to English, Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Upadhyay's clinical interests: cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He 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 is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. 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 works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist in San Francisco, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. In her practice, she is particularly interested in hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Dr. Fisher attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She has an open panel.

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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's specialty is radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chung include radiation therapy. Dr. Chung is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. In addition to English, Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. James Rembert works as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Rembert's areas of expertise include 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. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients. 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: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sravana Kumar Chennupati, MD
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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chennupati include radiation therapy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chennupati obtained his medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. 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 welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva, who practices in Emeryville, CA, Antioch, CA, and Castro Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Sachdeva has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Sachdeva focuses on radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Sachdeva welcomes new patients. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. Carolyn Hoppe's areas of specialization are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Hoppe's residency was performed at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Hoppe welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease

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

Dr. Mark Walters is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. Dr. Walters is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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

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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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