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We found 10 oncologists who accept ppoNEXT near Downers Grove, IL.

Dr. Ramji Ramaswamy Rajendran, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3815 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Ramji Rajendran works as a radiation oncologist in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and La Grange, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rajendran include prostate problems, gynecologic cancer, and breast issues. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, he speaks Tamil. Dr. Rajendran's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Prostate Problems, Gynecologic Cancer, Lung Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajiv Jashu Patel, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3815 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Rajiv Patel is a radiation oncology specialist in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Est, IL, and La Grange, IL. In Dr. Patel's practice, he is particularly interested in radiation therapy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Patrick J Sweeney, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
120 N Oak Street
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Patrick Sweeney's specialty is radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sweeney include radiation therapy. Dr. Sweeney is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Ohio State University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Sweeney takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Martin J Boyer, MD, DO
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3815 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Martin Boyer is a radiation oncologist. He is especially interested in osteopathic medicine and radiation therapy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Boyer's education and training includes medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Patient ratings for Dr. Boyer average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Boyer accepts. He has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Osteopathic Medicine, Radiation Therapy

Dr. Catherine K Park-Leonard, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
3815 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Catherine Park-Leonard works as a radiation oncologist in Barrington, IL, Downers Grove, IL, and Geneva, IL. She has a special interest in radiation therapy. Dr. Park-Leonard is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Park-Leonard attended Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Park-Leonard is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. John Allison Greager II, Jr., MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1263 S Highland Avenue; Suite 100
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. John Greager is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. His clinical interests include breast cancer surgery, thyroid surgery, and hernia surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Greager is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Greager attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Thyroid Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sudarshan K Sharma, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
121 N Elm Street
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Sudarshan Sharma, who practices in Hinsdale, IL, is a medical specialist in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Sharma is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: gynecological problems, colposcopy, and clinical trials. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Sharma (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Sharma is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Clinical interests: Colposcopy, Clinical Trials, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Laser Treatment, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald L Sweet, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Donald Sweet specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Clinical interests for Dr. Sweet include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Sweet is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Clinical interests: Bone Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Brain Problems, Colon Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elyse C Schneiderman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 North Elm Street; Suite 210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Elyse Schneiderman's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneiderman include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Dr. Schneiderman is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Schneiderman attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Clinical interests: Bone Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Brain Problems, Colon Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Patricia J Madej, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
908 North Elm Street; #210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Patricia Madej is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Madej's areas of expertise include lung cancer, colon cancer, and coagulation disorders. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Madej (or staff) speaks French and Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Clinical interests: Bone Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Brain Problems, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, ... (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.