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

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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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is especially interested in lung cancer and chemotherapy. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Leonard attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Leonard has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Chemotherapy, Lung Cancer

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

Dr. Laura Biernat is an adult oncology and medical oncology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Biernat include chemotherapy and breast cancer. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then 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 specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Shelby Township, MI, East China, MI, and Roseville, MI. These areas are among Dr. Castillo's clinical interests: stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Castillo attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He completed his residency training at DMC Harper University Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Roseville, MI and Clinton Township, MI. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ajjour's clinical interests encompass heart problems, echocardiogram (echo), and nuclear stress test (myocardial perfusion imaging). He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Ajjour accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Ajjour (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

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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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Joumaa is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. Clinical interests for Dr. Joumaa include sleep study, heart problems, and peripheral vascular interventions. The average patient rating for Dr. Joumaa is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Joumaa speaks Arabic. Dr. Joumaa's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is conversant in Arabic. His clinical interests include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and angioplasty. Dr. Sayed's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Sayed is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sayed completed residency programs at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sayed accepts.

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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.

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