We found 4 medical oncologists who accept Medicare near Chelsea, MI.

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Dr. Kathleen Woodruff Beekman III, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
775 S. Main Street
Chelsea, MI
 

Dr. Kathleen Beekman is an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Ypsilanti, MI, Chelsea, MI, and Brighton, MI. Dr. Beekman is affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Beekman attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Dr. Niklas Joakim Mackler, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
775 S Main Street
Chelsea, MI
 

Dr. Niklas Mackler's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Ypsilanti, MI, Brighton, MI, and Chelsea, MI. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mackler is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mackler completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Erik John Carson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
775 S. Main Street
Chelsea, MI
 

Dr. Erik Carson is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Carson is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Dr. Elie Ghassoub Dib, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
775 S. Main Street
Chelsea, MI
 

Dr. Elie Dib is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Dib is professionally affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Dib accepts Medicare insurance.

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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.