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We found 3 surgical oncologists who accept Health Net HMO for Large and Small Groups near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Ajay Kumar Upadhyay MD, FRCS, FACS
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA
(510) 465-5523; (925) 937-8723

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay is a medical specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Upadhyay focuses on cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Upadhyay's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bariatric Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Gastric bypass surgery, Laparoscopic adjustable band (Lap Band) ... (Read more)

Dr. David Ethan Bitar MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
3730 Mount Diablo Boulevard; Suite 100
Lafayette, CA

Dr. David Bitar is a specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Berkeley, CA and Lafayette, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bitar's clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bitar's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion.

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Clinical interests: Anal fistula, Colon and rectal cancer, Complex anal fissures, Hemorrhoids, Motility problems of the ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni-Rao MD, MBA
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery), Orthopedic Oncology
130 La Casa Viaduct; Building 3-#111
Walnut Creek, CA
(510) 594-9411

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni sees patients in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology. Dr. Donthineni has a special interest in spine surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Wales College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is professionally 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: Spinal Surgery


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What is Surgical Oncology?

Surgical oncology is the use of surgery to diagnose or treat cancer, or to manage the symptoms of cancer. The Egyptians pioneered the treatment of cancer using surgery, removing breast tumors as early as the seventh century. These days, surgical oncology is much more complex and effective. Most cancer treatments involve surgery, and in some cases it is the only treatment needed.

Surgical oncologists work together with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide care for cancer patients. Along with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists tend to be the primary providers of cancer treatment. Almost every cancer patient will have a medical or surgical oncologist who is in charge of managing their treatment and making decisions about their care.

The specialized knowledge of a surgical oncologist is less about surgical techniques (which may be very similar to techniques used by a general surgeon) and more about an understanding of cancer itself. Surgical oncologists have an advanced knowledge of how cancer presents and changes, and they know the best way to use surgery to treat cancer.

Surgical oncology is a rapidly advancing specialty, and many new techniques and procedures have been developed in recent years, including minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery. A surgical oncologist is able to safely wield these complicated techniques to remove tumors from the body.