We found 5 radiation oncologists who accept Aetna Choice POS near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Daniel Carl Schiffner, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Schiffner is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Schiffner's areas of expertise include radiation therapy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schiffner's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Pauling Chang, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Pauling Chang specializes in radiation oncology and practices in Palo Alto, CA and Sunnyvale, CA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. Dr. Chang honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Chang attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chang has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert E Lundahl, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level A
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lundahl's area of specialization is radiation oncology. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Lundahl completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lundahl is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert Niteen Sinha, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Robert Sinha's specialties are radiation oncology and medical oncology. He practices in Pleasanton, CA, San Mateo, CA, and Mountain View, CA. Dr. Sinha graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Sinha completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sinha honors. Dr. Sinha (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare. Dr. Sinha is open to new patients.

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Dr. Al Vincent Taira, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Al Taira is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Mountain View, CA and San Mateo, CA. Dr. Taira is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Taira attended Stanford University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Division, and Mills-Peninsula Physician Network.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the safe use of radiation to treat cancer. Usually, they will manage a patient’s entire radiation treatment, from the imaging that will guide decisions, to the choices about what kind of radiation therapy to use.

Radiation is one of the few substances that can kill cancer cells and even shrink tumors. It does this by damaging DNA. When DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, cells can no longer reproduce, and they stop growing and die. Cancer cells are more susceptible to radiation than healthy tissue, because they reproduce faster. So typically, cancer cells exposed to radiation will be affected faster than healthy cells will. However it’s still important to protect healthy tissue as much as possible.

There are three ways that radiation can be delivered to the body. It can come from outside the body, delivered by a machine in much the same way x-rays are taken. This is called external-beam radiation. Sometimes the radiation is delivered internally, which is called brachytherapy. Tiny pellets of radioactive material are placed directly onto the cancer, where they can release radiation for a period of time. Some cancers are best treated systemically, with radioactive substances that travel through the bloodstream. Radiation oncologists decide which type of radiation therapy is best, developing a treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the benefits of the radiation while minimizing the risk to any healthy tissue.

Radiation oncologists may work with other kinds of physicians, such as medical oncologists or surgeons, to treat their patients. Sometimes patients are anxious about radiation therapy because it sounds dangerous. But radiation therapy won’t turn you radioactive. It’s safe, and so effective against many different types of cancer that it is one of the most common cancer treatments. Depending on the treatment, it may not even have noticeable side effects.

Radiation oncologists can be important allies in your fight against cancer.
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