We found 12 oncologists who accept Humana 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. Kuang-Hwa Kenneth Chao, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; #101
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Kuang-Hwa Chao practices radiation oncology in Emeryville, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, and Antioch, CA. After completing 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 performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Chao has a special interest in brachytherapy (seed implants) and breast cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. Dr. Chao is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Brachytherapy, Radiation Therapy, Breast Cancer

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. Dimitry L Lerner, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1455 Montego; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Dimitry Lerner is a medical specialist in gynecologic oncology. He is especially interested in ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Lerner is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He obtained his medical school training at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Lerner's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Colposcopy, Tumor, Vaginal Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Endometrial ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Caroline Hastings' areas of specialization are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. 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 honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hastings is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Hepatoblastoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Sarcoma, Leukemia, Chemotherapy, Stem Cell Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni, MBA, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology
130 La Casa Viaduct; Building 3-#111
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Rakesh Donthineni is a specialist in spine surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and orthopedic oncology. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Donthineni 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, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Sutter Delta Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Christine Chung's medical specialty is radiation oncology. She is especially interested in radiation therapy. Dr. Chung takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Chung completed a residency program at Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Chung (or staff) is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and French. Dr. Chung's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Chung is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sravana Chennupati is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Berkeley, CA and Pleasant Hill, CA. He has a special interest in radiation therapy. Dr. Chennupati is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for his residency. In addition to English, 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 is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Clinical Trials, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Rembert is a radiation oncologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rembert attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Rembert is affiliated with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ajay Upadhyay specializes in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Oakland, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Upadhyay attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Upadhyay include cancer surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Upadhyay (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. In addition, he offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and St. Rose Hospital (Hayward, CA). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Research, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Incisional Hernia, Liver Cancer, Colon Cancer, Heller ... (Read more)

Dr. Joan Mistretta Fisher, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Joan Fisher specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Fisher completed a residency program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Fisher's clinical interests: hypnosis (hypnotherapy), hospice (end-of-life care), and leukemia. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fisher is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Radiation Oncology
400 Taylor Boulevard; Suite 201
Pleasant Hill, CA
 

Dr. Gopal Sachdeva works as a radiation oncologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. Dr. Sachdeva has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Sachdeva trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Dr. Sachdeva (or staff) speaks Urdu, Croatian, and Navajo. Dr. Sachdeva's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Eden Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Breast-Conserving Surgery, Sarcoma, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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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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