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Jeffrey Kai Wu - Mission Hope Cancer Center
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer ... (Read more)
Robert Dichmann, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Oncology (Cancer Care), Adult Hematology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: thyroid cancer, bleeding disorders, liver cancer ... (Read more)
Bhanji D. Kundaria M.D.
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Average rating 2.88 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: thyroid cancer, liver cancer, insomnia ... (Read more)
Christopher Lutman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (End-of-Life Care and Serious Illness), Gynecology, Oncology (Cancer Care)
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: cancer, hysteroscopy, vulvar cancer ... (Read more)
Todd Erickson, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Adult Oncology, Oncology (Cancer Care), Adult Hematology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
James Malone, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Adult Hematology, Oncology (Cancer Care), Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: autoimmune diseases, bone marrow biopsy, bleeding disorders ... (Read more)
Thomas Spillane, MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Oncology (Cancer Care), Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Average rating 3.56 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: thyroid cancer, bleeding disorders, liver cancer ... (Read more)
Case H. Ketting  MD - Mission Hope Cancer Center
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer ... (Read more)
Keith Ayrons, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Adult Oncology, Oncology (Cancer Care), Adult Hematology
Average rating 2.83 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
Address: 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
David L. Palchak M.D.
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1400 E Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Interests: thyroid cancer, bleeding disorders, liver cancer ... (Read more)
Kathleen Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Oncology (Cancer Care), Adult Hematology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Average rating 4.19 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
Address: 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Stephen Vara, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Oncology (Cancer Care), Adult Hematology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Sheri D. Marquez MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 314 S Stratford Avenue, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Dr. Brian Anthony Dicarlo MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Average rating 3.55 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
Address: 220 S Palisade Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Howard J. Gold M.D.
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Address: 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Dr. Eric T. Lubiner D.O.
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Average rating 4.92 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
Address: 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
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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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