We found 7 medical oncologists who accept Humana Platinum near Oak Lawn, IL.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Osvaldo Wesly's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He practices in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Peoria, IL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Wesly accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Wesly attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Wesly (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Dr. Rajalaxmi McKenna, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10458 S Pulaski Road
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Rajalaxmi McKenna sees patients in Oak Lawn, IL and Willowbrook, IL. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In addition to English, Dr. McKenna (or staff) speaks Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi. These areas are among Dr. McKenna's clinical interests: coagulation disorders and lymphoma. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. McKenna graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. McKenna average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for CIGNA Plans, Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and more.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders, Bone Marrow Transplant, Cancer, Coagulation Disorders, Lymphoma

Dr. Rasheed Akhtar, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rasheed Akhtar is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Akhtar's professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Health System, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Akhtar takes. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Edgewater Hospital, Dr. Akhtar attended Osmania Medical College for medical school. Dr. Akhtar (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4400 W 95th Street; #302
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Gary Steinecker's medical specialty is adult oncology and medical oncology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Steinecker studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4400 W 95th Street; Suite #311
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Nada Sherman is a specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. She works in Oak Lawn, IL. She attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Mohammed Azher Kassem, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mohammed Kassem is a medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Chicago, IL. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassem takes. He is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System.

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Keith Shulman practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shulman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Sinai Health System.

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.
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