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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 has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wesly takes. Dr. Wesly attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. In addition to English, Dr. Wesly (or staff) speaks Spanish and Polish. Dr. Wesly's professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus.

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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 is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Dr. McKenna's areas of expertise include coagulation disorders and lymphoma. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors CIGNA Plans, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College. Dr. McKenna (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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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 an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Akhtar (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus, and Swedish Covenant Hospital. He attended Osmania Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Edgewater Hospital for residency. Dr. Akhtar is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Dr. Sherman attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to 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 practices medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassem honors.

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

Dr. Keith Shulman's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Shulman attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Gary Steinecker specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology and practices in Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Steinecker is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Steinecker honors.

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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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