We found 7 medical oncologists who accept Aetna HMO near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Russell Kent Pachynski, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
500 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Russell Pachynski's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He has indicated that his clinical interests include immunotherapy and prostate cancer. Dr. Pachynski is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include 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. Lesley C Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3000 Oak Road; #311
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Lesley Martin's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Concord, CA, Vallejo, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. In her practice, Dr. Martin focuses on blood disorders. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Martin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Martin's office for an appointment. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ostap G Melnyk, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Ostap Melnyk specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Melnyk is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Medical Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Melnyk is conversant in Ukrainian.

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Dr. Elizabeth A Odumakinde, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Odumakinde's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Odumakinde performed her residency at VA Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. In addition to English, she speaks Yoruba. Dr. Odumakinde is affiliated with Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3000 Oak Road; #111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Yelena Krupitskaya sees patients in Concord, CA, Vallejo, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krupitskaya honors. Dr. Krupitskaya studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For her professional training, Dr. Krupitskaya completed residency programs at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Krupitskaya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Beverly F McLeod, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2571 Park Avenue
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Beverly McLeod works as an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Concord, CA and Vallejo, CA. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano Community Provider Network (CPN), Sutter Solano Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McLeod accepts. She has an open panel. Dr. McLeod obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and VA Medical Center.

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Dr. Jelena M Milojevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Jelena Kao works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in San Mateo, CA, San Leandro, CA, and Dublin, CA. Dr. Kao graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. In addition to English, Dr. Kao (or staff) speaks Croatian, Serbian, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.
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