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Dr. Steven Tucker

Internal Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
28 years experience male

Locations

Office

Los Angeles, CA

Address

12100 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, US
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Cigna

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Prudential Insurance Company of America

About

Bio

Dr. Steven Tucker is an Internist and Medical Oncologist who specializes in the prevention and treatment of cancers at all stages. He was previously in private practice in Los Angeles and moved to Singapore permanently in 2006. Dr. Tucker is Medical Director Consultant Oncologist at Tucker Medical, his own private practice in Singapore. While Dr. Tucker is a sub-specialist in the treatment of both breast and prostate cancer, he is also deeply passionate about the prevention of cancer and chronic disease through healthy lifestyle choices. In both his oncology and general medicine practice, Dr. Tucker combines state of the art testing and medicine with a customized and personalized approach to chronic disease. He advocates that simple and smart choices about food, activity (not just recreational sports), spirit, passion, as well as tailored dietary supplements, can have a significant impact on his patients’ health and longevity. Before relocating to Singapore, Dr. Tucker was the Director of the Prostate Genitourinary Oncology Program at The Angeles Clinic Research Institute in Santa Monica, California. Additionally, Dr. Tucker served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and Attending Physician at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to his appointment at UCLA, he was a member of the Breast Cancer Faculty at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Los Angeles. In addition to investigative medicine, Dr. Tucker has been a political advocate for the Oncology community having served as President of the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California, on the ASCO Clinical Practice Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Community Oncology Alliance, and President of the International Medical Travel Association. He is a strong advocate for patients and is one of the original authors of the International Patients' Bill of Rights. Dr. Tucker has received numerous honors and awards including an ASCO Merit Award, an NIH Commendation, the UCLA ‘STAR’ Program Award, a Pew Foundation Fellowship, and the University of Missouri Medical Scholarship. Dr. Tucker has been elected by his peers as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the prestigious Singapore Academy of Medicine. A lifelong competitive athlete, Dr. Tucker added cycling and triathlons to his training agenda since moving to Singapore. More recently, Dr. Tucker co-founded the Singapore-based regionally-competitive cycling team, Team Life Extension. Dr Tucker and his wife are Permanent Residents of Singapore, where they reside with their children, ages 13 and 12.

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Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

Mandarin, Russian, Vietnamese

Doctor Q&A

87 Answers
125 Agrees
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Knowledge is king: Treatment decision is based on pathology, stage, psa, and concurrent illness/disease. Many men, regardless of age obtain no benefit from PC treatment... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
That depends....: Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic (there are 4 generations now). It is commonly given for infections across the... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe but avoid: Most people do not have true allergies to medicines. Some are better described as an intolerance. Antibiotics are important in life, so i would a. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Many: The common imaging tests in prostate cancer evaluation include ct and MRI of the pelvis and prostate, bone scan, pet-ct bone scan with naf-18 tracer, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Get him tested!: Well this is straight forward, get him to a pediatric eye specialist and do a vision test. It is a tragedy to miss a vision or hearing problem in a y... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No: Guidelines advise not screening for prostate cancer with the psa test. More information here in my health guide on psa. http://bit.ly/kqdvhz.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
That depends: Depends on why you were on zoladex, (goserelin) how long on zoladex, (goserelin) and your age. The older you are and the greater the duration of thera... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Generally - No: Hormone blockade (hb) can cause many problems but they tend to be time related. The longer on hb the more the problems. Hb often makes pre-existing... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Estrogen exposure: Prolonged exposure to and higher concentrations of estrogen increases the risk of breast cancer. The more pregnancies the fewer menses. Breast feedin... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Breast Cancer: Pertuzumab is a monoclonal antibody approved for advanced breast. It i first of its class in a line of agents called "her dimerization inhibitors". By... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes.: There is no significant sytemic (whole body) effect from inhlaed steroids as used for asthma patients.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Alarming: The diagnosis of any cancer is a life-shattering event. No word in any language is as emotionally laden as cancer. That said an overwhelming number ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
THE Cause...: Obesity is a major global problem and contributes to numerous other chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Many choices: A few options here. For bone involvement a na-f18 pet scan is the most sensitive along with MRI scans. Standard bone scan, imho, is outdated. Also,... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: It is hard to make a case for missing early breast cancer. This is a very common area of case law since it may be possible to "look back" at old mamm... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Tough problem: Initial therapy is long term antibiotics (1 month). If still no success one can consider medicine to shrink the prostate (finasteride/dutasteride) or... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Bicalutamide is standard for men with prostate cancer progressing after initial castrating therapy (medical or surgical). Some doctors prefer to use ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Uncommon: For cancer to occur in young people. The odds of cancer before age 40 are much less than any decade after age 40 (http://bit.Ly/m7jke3). The common c... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends on: Your motivation and what you mean by intervention. Metabolic syndrome can often be treated/cured with a lifestyle change. The key is regular daily e... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
GO to to doctor: If you still feel unwell, suggest it is worth seeing a doctor for a quick chest exam.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
That's not why...: That's not why you are getting fat. The primary, number one reason, people get fat is they eat too much. Go back and read again. We live in a world ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Exercise but: Exercise can change the rate but eventually you will become more efficent at exercise (i hope). Various exercise has variable effect. Slow long dist... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
It's complicated : Exercise can improve vascularity but it does not create the growth of new blood vessels. Angiogenesis is triggered by injury and cancer as well as dur... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Interesting...: I woudl want more detail from you. These are very different activity. Probably no major effect but the metabolic drain from distance running may pre... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Describe sandwich!: Come on! depends what is in the sandwich! personally why not go for a salad with a balsamic dressing? The real key is to eat enough to not be hungr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No: Strong smelling urine is not a common nor a rare side effect of actonel (risedronate).
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not really BUT...: The class of medicine for Actonel (risedronate) is "bisphosphonates". These drugs have been associated with onj (osteonecrosis of the jaw) where the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Get checked: Delays in language and literacy development do not occur because a child lives in a multi-lingual environment. This is a common misconception. The r... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Allergic to alcohol: You might be allergic to alcohol. Some people have this condition while others may be allergic to a component in an alcoholic beverage (e.g. The mixe... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Biopsy: The only way to confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer is to perform a biopsy. Other tests may be suggestive of cancer but only a biopsy can prove it... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Wilson's Disease: This test is ordered when checking for wilson's disease, a condition of copper overload. The overload of copper can lead to cirrhosis, nerve damage, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Anesthesia: Anesthesiologist or pain specialist would be the right specialty.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Low but not zero: In the recently published pivot trial assessing prostate surgery vs. Observation, there was 1 death out of 364 men undergoing surgery (0.3%) and adve... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Nope!: Unless you submit another person's blood, there is no way to cheat on this. Those 23 pairs of chromosomes are all yours!
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Definitions please: Just to be clear, is it a cancer that started in the liver or a cancer that spread to the liver? Primary liver cancer can be treated with targeted th... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Probably: The devil is in the details. Both the details of your numbers and the details of your food choice. For example, if you are eating red meat, it is be... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Will power: You need to have netter food available. Do not go hungry just make better choices. Binge on carrots, binge on apples! best not to buy any junk food... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Fast - no.: This is a reasonable medicine to help with weight loss. It is a starch blocker, and inhibits Alpha glucosidase, an intestinal enzyme that releases gl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Complicated but..: Eat less processed food, be much more active daily, get money out of politics (agriculture & healthcare lobby), take more personal responsibility for ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Docetaxel is widely available in india.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Prostate pathology: The gleason grading system, which is based solely upon architectural features of prostate cancer cells, closely correlates with clinical behavior. A h... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No one knows: It is estimated that there are between 500-1000 different species in the human gut alone. An interesting finding has been that obese people typically... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Cipro (ciprofloxacin): A short course of antibiotics is best, typically Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or similar. Chronic prostatitis require 21-28 days of antibiotics.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes if...: If it includes either blood glucose or cholesterol levels, then yes. I also suggest no exercise in the morning before the test.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends on...: The age and gender of the person diagnosed but it is generally higher than matched-controls, by up to 50-60 percent. Other studies suggest the mortal... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Carefully: The 1st question is does it need to be treated. Observation (aka active surveillance) is a good choice for many. For other more aggressive forms com... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
What it has not done: Advertising plays one of themany roles in the tragedy that is childhood obesity. There is no one villain here amongst a large cast. We have mnc food... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Use the phone: Obviously it is best if you get your husband to go to the doctor but you can go and get information and advice directly from a urologist. Suggest tha... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Related - YES: Breast cancer is collection of different cancers arising in the breast. It is clearly associated with lifestyle factors in many cases but not all. A... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Modulate inflamation: These are natural carotenoids found in dark-green leafy vegetables and in egg yolks. These compounds may exert anti-inflammatory benefits along with ... Read More
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Oct 12, 2013
Steve is an outstanding futuristic thinking oncologist and internist who is practicing advanced medicine in Singapore. He is also a fellow graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Tucker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tucker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thnks doc,im 32 year ild young man from Zimbabwe. My urine takes 5 seconds to cone out. ls it normal?
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

American Society of Clinical Oncology - Merit Award (1999) UCLA Specialty Training and Research Award (1995-1997) National Institutes of Health Outstanding Medical Student Award (1994) University of Missouri School of Medicine AIDS Scholarship Award (1993) Pew Medical Scholar in Clinical Nutrition (1991-1992) University of Missouri Medical Scholarship (1992-1994) The Endocrine Society Student Fellowship (1990)
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Affiliations

American College of Phyiscians
American Society of Clinical Oncology
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