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We found 28 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 specialist in radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chao include brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. Dr. Chao accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Chao's medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chao's office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. His areas of clinical interest consist of cancer and blood disorders. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Torkildson attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school and subsequently trained at Naval Hospital Oakland for residency. 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: 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 an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include immunotherapy and prostate cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pachynski graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Pachynski's medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. 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. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
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. Dr. Melnyk attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Michael Reese Hospital for residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Ukrainian. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Melnyk welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings' areas of specialization are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Hastings trained at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hastings accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. 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 her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Cord Tumor, Acute Leukemia

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. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lerner include ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lerner speaks Russian. His professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. His clinical interests include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vichinsky takes. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Seattle Children's Hospital's residency program. 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. Dr. Vichinsky's 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: 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 practices radiation oncology in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. Dr. Chennupati is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for his residency. Dr. Chennupati takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Head and ... (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 is a spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology specialist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. He graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Donthineni is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Donthineni 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: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Mark Walters' specialties are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Walters's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Walters welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Bone Marrow Transplant, 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 pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist in San Francisco, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Fisher include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Fisher studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. Dr. Fisher 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 is a specialist in radiation oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and French. Her areas of expertise include radiation therapy. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chung's training includes a residency program at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (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 general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, and surgical oncologist in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. He is especially interested in cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. Dr. Upadhyay takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Upadhyay's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. He completed his residency training 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.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Rembert sees patients in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Rembert's areas of expertise include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. 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). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy, Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Prostate Brachytherapy, Prostate Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva practices radiation oncology in Emeryville, CA, Antioch, CA, and Castro Valley, CA. Dr. Sachdeva has a special interest in radiation therapy. His hospital/clinic 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, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Sachdeva 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) is conversant in Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo.

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

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

Dr. Robert Raphael is a medical specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Raphael is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients. After attending 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). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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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.