Dr. Luko M. Laptalo, MD

Dr. Luko M. Laptalo, MD

Oncology | Male | 47 years old

I am a Board Certified Hematologist and Oncologist with the Mercy Medical Group and have been practicing here in Sacramento for the last 14 years. Prior to joining Mercy Medical Group, I was in private practice. I completed medical school at Chicago Medical School and obtained my degree in Internal Medicine from the University of Arizona. While there, I conducted clinical research on patients with ovarian cancer and studied the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents on ovarian cancer. As a Fellow at the University of California Davis, I was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit award for research in lung cancer. I decided on the field of Hematology and Oncology because I like to help people and find helping cancer patients, in their greatest time of need, is a fulfilling career. I work with a talented team of radiation oncologists and surgical specialists who meet weekly for a multi-disciplinary review of oncology patients to ensure all options are being considered. I reside in Sacramento with my wife and three daughters. In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy the art of winemaking. Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Invited faculty of the annual Sacramento Cancer Conference.Read more

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My goal is to utilize all the resources available to me to treat the cancer and to put it into remission. I realize that there is a fine balance between treatment of the cancer and a patient's quality of life, so I listen to my patients needs and value their input. My greatest joy is having a patient who is there to watch their children grow or celebrates another birthday or anniversary.Read more

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Since Dr. Luptalo is an oncologist going to see him is not a happy occasion. He is a very nice man who certainly knows what he is doing. I almost died from chemo side effects but Dr. Laptalo was there every morning in the hospital, offering encourement and support. I do not like Mercy's cancer center because they do not have a lab. In spite of that Dr. Laptalo is a great doctor, and I am five years cancer free. What more can anyone ask?
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I am a Board Certified Hematologist and Oncologist with the Mercy Medical Group and have been practicing here in Sacramento for the last 14 years. Prior to joining Mercy Medical Group, I was in private practice.  I completed medical school at Chicago Medical School and obtained my degree in Internal Medicine from the University of Arizona. While there, I conducted clinical research on patients with ovarian cancer and studied the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents on ovarian cancer. As a Fellow at the University of California Davis, I was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit award for research in lung cancer. I decided on the field of Hematology and Oncology because I like to help people and find helping cancer patients, in their greatest time of need, is a fulfilling career. I work with a talented team of radiation oncologists and surgical specialists who meet weekly for a multi-disciplinary review of oncology patients to ensure all options are being considered. I reside in Sacramento with my wife and three daughters. In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy the art of winemaking.

Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Invited faculty of the annual Sacramento Cancer Conference.

Dr. Laptalo's Care Philosophy

My goal is to utilize all the resources available to me to treat the cancer and to put it into remission. I realize that there is a fine balance between treatment of the cancer and a patient's quality of life, so I listen to my patients needs and value their input. My greatest joy is having a patient who is there to watch their children grow or celebrates another birthday or anniversary.

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In addition to treating all cancers, I have a special interest in genitourinary cancers which include the bladder, kidney and prostate. I established, and am the moderator for, the Genitourinary Tumor Board meeting at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. This forum is a gathering of oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons that review patient cases at a monthly meeting to ensure a comprehensive plan is developed. In addition, I am the moderator for the weekly Tumor Board meeting at Mercy General Hospital.

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  •  Board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology
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  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Leukemia
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • ENT Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Leukocytosis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Macroglobulinemia (incl. Waldenstrom's )
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Vulvar Cancer

Education

  • Medical School
    Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine Science/The Chicago Medical School

    Graduated in 1995

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Arizona

    Completed in 1996

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Arizona

    Completed in 1998

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University California Davis Medical Center

    Completed in 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Croatian

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Specialties

  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Procedures Performed

  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Cancer Counseling
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Genetic Counseling Services
  • Genetic Screening for Breast Cancer
  • Genetic Testing
  • Hematologic Disorder Treatment
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Intrathecal Chemotherapy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • PET Scan
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Thoracentesis