We found 26 oncologists who accept Humana near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr Russell K 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. Dr. Pachynski attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his residency, Dr. Pachynski trained at Stanford University Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Pachynski focuses on immunotherapy and prostate cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pachynski honors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord.

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Clinical interests: Immunotherapy, Genitourinary Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr KuangHwa Kenneth Chao MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA

Dr. K. Chao's area of specialization is radiation oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chao accepts. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Chao attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chao is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 specialties are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer and blood disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torkildson takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Torkildson's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. His medical residency was performed at Naval Hospital Oakland.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Cancer

Elliott P Vichinsky MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Elliott Vichinsky practices pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Dr. Vichinsky has indicated that his clinical interests include sickle cell disease and thalassemia. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at Seattle Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Vichinsky honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia

Alison T Matsunaga MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Alison Matsunaga is a medical specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Matsunaga is accepting new patients. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings is a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. She attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hastings is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She has an open panel.

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Dr Dimitry L Lerner MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
365 Lennon Lane; Suite 250
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Dimitry Lerner practices gynecologic oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lerner include ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Lerner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He speaks Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lerner's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Da Vinci Surgery

Dr Rakesh Donthineni MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology
Average rating 2.41 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
130 La Casa Viaduct; Building 3-#111
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni's areas of specialization are spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine, Dr. Donthineni performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. James Rembert's specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Rembert's clinical interests encompass stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Rembert attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Rembert's professional affiliations include Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Christine Sumi Chung MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA

Dr. Christine Chung's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chung include radiation therapy. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chung is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Harvard Radiation Oncology Program's residency program. Dr. Chung (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and French. Dr. Chung's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Sravana Kumar Chennupati MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA

Dr. Sravana Chennupati's specialty is radiation oncology. His clinical interests include radiation therapy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Chennupati is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Chennupati's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

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

Dr. Mark Walters' specialties are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Walters has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Ajay Kumar Upadhyay MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
3156 Oak Road; #405
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He also offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Upadhyay's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Upadhyay takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Weight Loss Surgery

Joan Fisher MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Joan Fisher works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fisher include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. Dr. Fisher is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Palliative Care, Hypnosis, Cancer, Lymphoma, Hospice

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

Dr. Sylvia Singer is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Singer is a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Sheba Medical Center, Hadassah University Medical Center, and Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Dr. Singer (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and German. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Dr. Singer is open to new patients.

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Carolyn C Hoppe MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Carolyn Hoppe works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Hoppe is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hoppe's office for an appointment.

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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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