Dr. Derek Helton, MD

Dr. Derek Helton, MD

Medical OncologyMaleAge 47

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

New Patient

(442) 274-0568

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Dr. Derek Helton, MD is a Medical Oncology Specialist in Encinitas, CA and has over 21 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Loma Linda University School Of Medicine medical school in 2000. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Palomar Medical Center Poway and Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Helton to book an appointment.

Locations

UC San Diego Health - Encinitas

New Patient?
(442) 274-0568
UC San Diego Health - Encinitas1200 Garden View Rd Encinitas, CA 92024
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UC San Diego Cancer Center

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(442) 274-0568
UC San Diego Cancer Center910 Sycamore Ave Ste 102 Vista, CA 92081
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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Helton's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Helton

4.3

Based on 6 ratings

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (5)
  • Explained conditions well (5)
  • Listened & answered questions (5)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (1)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (1)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (1)
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Dr Helton was a straightshooter and I left with my questions answered in language I could understand. Sceptical of todays medical system, I got a very trusting impression of Dr Helton and look forward to having him om "my team" during a most daunting time.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Helton's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Colorectal Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Helton treats Colorectal Cancer more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Helton treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Distal Colorectal Cancer
  • Familial Colorectal Cancer
  • Hamartomatous Colorectal Cancer
  • MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
  • MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
  • MSS Colorectal Cancer
  • Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer, Familial
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
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Anal and Rectal Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Helton treats Anal and Rectal Cancer more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Helton treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anal Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
Secondary Malignancies
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Helton treats Secondary Malignancies more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Helton treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Helton's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chordoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • ENT Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Eye Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemophilia
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kaposi's Sarcoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Leukocytosis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma, Large-Cell
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Macroglobulinemia (incl. Waldenstrom's )
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Melanoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Peritoneal Cancer
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Purpura
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thalassemia
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • von Willebrand Disease
  • Vulvar Cancer

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Dr. Helton accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross
Power Select HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Pathway X Direct Access PPO
Pathway X Tiered Direct Access
Priority Select HMO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
Delta Health System
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
Blue & Gold HMO
Community Care Network HMO
Covered California - Bronze PPO
Employer Group HMO
Health Net PPO
Individual and Family PPO
Medicaid
Medicare Advantage PFFS
SmartCare HMO
Tricare
WholeCare Network HMO
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Medicaid
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Tricare
Husky Health
Medicaid
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Medicaid
Molina
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Sharp Health Plan
Blue Choice
Gold Value
Simply Healthcare Plans
Medicaid
Staywell (Wellcare)
Medicaid
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare HMO
Wellcare of Georgia
Medicaid

About Me

Biography

Derek Helton, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist and medical director of cancer services at our Encinitas and Vista locations. He specializes...Read more

Specialties

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology & Oncology

Board Certifications

Education

2000
Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Derek Helton, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (442) 274-0568, and for other questions, call (858) 657-7000.

Does Dr. Derek Helton, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Helton has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Derek Helton, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Derek Helton, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Helton's profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Derek Helton, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. Derek Helton, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Helton frequently treats Colorectal Cancer, Anal and Rectal Cancer, and Secondary Malignancies. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Helton treats.

Where is Dr. Derek Helton, MD's office located?

Dr. Helton's office is located at 1200 Garden View Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Derek Helton, MD speak?

Dr. Helton speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Helton is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Palomar Medical Center Poway

Poway, CA

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido

Escondido, CA

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)

Tri-City Medical Center

Oceanside, CA

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest

San Diego, CA

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)