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We found 6 providers with an interest in chemotherapy and who accept HAP St. John near Utica, MI.

Dr. Robert Jay Leonard, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 402
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Robert Leonard's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His clinical interests encompass chemotherapy. Dr. Leonard's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Chemotherapy

Dr. Laura Ann Biernat, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 402
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Laura Biernat is a specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. She works in Macomb, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Biernat's areas of expertise include the following: chemotherapy and breast cancer. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. She is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Chemotherapy, Breast Cancer

Dr. Michael Dural Castillo, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
50505 Schoenherr Road; Suite 320
Shelby Township, MI
 

Dr. Michael Castillo is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Shelby Township, MI, East China, MI, and Roseville, MI. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and myocarditis. Dr. Castillo is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. Dr. Castillo attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. For his residency, Dr. Castillo trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Women's Heart Disease, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohamed K Ajjour, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43230 Garfield Road; Suite 150
Clinton Township, MI
 

Dr. Mohamed Ajjour specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ajjour include orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and myocarditis. Patient ratings for Dr. Ajjour average 4.5 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ajjour honors. After attending the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Ajjour (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Women's Heart Disease, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Mouhammed Anas Joumaa, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
50505 Schoenherr Road; Suite 320
Shelby Township, MI
 

Dr. Mouhammed Joumaa is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is conversant in Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joumaa include orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and myocarditis. His professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit for residency. Dr. Joumaa's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Women's Heart Disease, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Luay Sayed, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
45628 Schoenherr Road
Shelby Township, MI
 

Dr. Luay Sayed is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. These areas are among Dr. Sayed's clinical interests: orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and myocarditis. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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What is Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of powerful medicines to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. There are over 100 anti-cancer drugs available today. These medications may be used alone, in combination with each other, or with alternative forms of treatment, like radiation therapy and surgery. The choice of drug and method of administration are determined by the type of disease and the patient's overall health. Some common ways chemotherapy may be given are:

  • Intravenously, where the medication is given through a needle inserted into your vein. This is the most frequently used method of chemotherapy administration.
  • By mouth, in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. Not all anti-cancer drugs can be taken this way because they can be destroyed by stomach acids, or the body cannot absorb them through the lining of the stomach and intestines.
  • By injection, which uses a needle and syringe to administer chemotherapy either subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Subcutaneous injections go just under the skin, while intramuscular injections go through the skin and into the muscle. Methotrexate, a medication widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and many types of cancer, can be given intramuscularly and subcutaneously.
  • Intra-arterially, where the drugs are given directly into the artery that supplies blood to the tumor. Intra-arterial chemotherapy is most often used for liver cancer.
  • Intrathecally, where the medication is delivered into the spinal fluid. This type of chemotherapy is used to treat cancers that have spread to the brain or spinal cord.
  • Intrapleurally, where anti-cancer drugs are administered into the space between the lung’s outer surface and the inner lining of the chest cavity. Patients with lung cancer may receive this type of chemotherapy.
  • Intravesically, where the medicine is given through a tube that is inserted into the bladder. Intravesical chemotherapy only affects the cells lining the inside of the bladder, so it is often used to treat early-stage bladder cancer.
In the process of killing abnormal cells, chemotherapy drugs can also harm healthy cells. This is why many patients who receive anti-cancer drug treatments experience side effects like fatigue, nausea, hair loss, pain while swallowing, mouth sores, shortness of breath, weight changes, and fertility issues. Keeping track of side effects you experience, along with details like how often they occur or how severe they are, can help your doctor better customize your chemotherapy regimen.

Chemotherapy is a powerful treatment for cancer and some autoimmune disorders, but it may not be able to eliminate the diseases at their advanced stages. Even if this is the case, your doctor may still include it in your treatment plan to help ease symptoms of your condition or prevent the disease from progressing.