Hematology and Medical Oncology
Little Company of Mary's Cancer Center is ranked in the top 25 percent of the state's cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Board-certified hematologists/oncologists from Little Company of Mary provide the best possible care. Our Medical Oncology Infusion Center includes three private chemotherapy treatment bedrooms and eight sunlit chemotherapy treatment bays staffed by certified oncology nurses. A nurse navigator works with patients to ease the treatment process.
A hematologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. A medical oncologist is a physician who is specially trained to treat cancer with chemotherapy and other drugs. At Little Company of Mary, our hematology/oncology physicians are trained in both specialties, making them qualified to treat solid-tumor cancers and blood-related cancers.
Meet the Team
Call 708.229.6020, to schedule your appointment or for more information!
Little Company of Mary Cancer Center
2800 West 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Dr. M. Bassel Atassi has joined the LCM Medical Group and is practicing with Dr. Shah and Dr. Chivu at The Cancer Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Dr. Atassi is board certified in Internal Medicine and he completed medical school at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan. Dr. Atassi completed his Internal Medicine residency at University of Illinois at Advocate Christ Medical Center
Dr. Atassi is fellowship-trained in Hematology and Oncology at Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer institute.
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology
Residency: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Fellowship: Karmanos Cancer Center
Specialty: Hematology and Clinical Oncology
Special Interests: Solid Tumors, Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma and Blood Disorders
Philosophy of Care:
I love my patients and treat them like they were family members. The treatment for cancer and blood disorders is complicated and is very difficult on the patient and their family. We sit together and discuss the best treatment plan. There is no time limit when I am talking with the patient and their family as I want them to fully understand the management plan and to feel comfortable in my care.
I also strive to keep up-to-date on all new treatment options, techniques and research in the field of Hematology/Oncology so I can provide the best care to my patients.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
My childhood dream was taking care of sick patients, easing their pain and suffering and finding a cure for cancer. I carried this dream close to my heart and have worked hard to pursue my education and training. With the help, support and encouragement of my parents, family and friends, I have successfully achieved my dream of being able to practice medicine and help my patients.
What are your subspecialties and health interest in regard to your patients ?
My greatest interest is in the ability to counsel my patients and their families during a very difficult time in their lives. The ability to practice at Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center and offer state-of the --art treatment plans to my patients is my greatest interest.
What are you hobbies and interests outside the office?
As the father to two young children, a five year old son and a three year old daughter, my hobby is playing with my children and spending time together as a family. They have an exceptionally high energy level and they keep me on my toes…I truly love and enjoy every minute!
I love sports, especially soccer and table tennis. I also play a mean game of chess if you would like to challenge me to a game!
For more information on M Bassel Atassi, M.D., please click here to view his profile.
Dr. Chivu earned her medical degree from Universitatea Transilvania and completed her residency at Michigan State University specializing in Internal Medicine. She additionally completed a fellowship at Michigan State University in Hematology/Oncology.
For more information on Simona Chivu, M.D., please click here to view her profile.
Medical School: BJ Medical School, India
Residency: Veterans Administration West Side Medical Center, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Veterans Administration West Side Medical Center, Hematology
Why did you decide to become a physician?
Many years ago, I realized that the best way I could progress my knowledge regarding cancer care was by becoming a physician.
How did you choose your specialty?
During my medical training, I realized that my two difficult choices were between a specialty in Cardiology or Hematology/Oncology. I had already published in Cardiology during my residency. When I rotated on Hematology/Oncology, I realized that I had more to learn, so I changed my course to pursue Hematology/Oncology.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician?
What I love the most in my medical career is guiding people through these difficult diagnoses with lesser cures than other medical illnesses. If I could help these patients in any way—whether it is longer survival or better quality of life—I want to do that.
What is the number one advice/tip you give your patients for healthy living?
My one simple message is do not ignore your health. Please stop smoking, eat healthy and watch for cancer signs.
What is the best thing Little Company of Mary has to offer patients?
I have worked in several hospitals, including community, public and university hospitals as well. In my opinion, Little Company of Mary has the best medical team.
For more information on Prabodh Shah, M.D., please click here to view his profile.
At Little Company of Mary you will find knowledgeable and respectful staff that takes a comprehensive approach to care — delivering clinical excellence and specialized treatment that is centered on the needs of you and your family.
Call today to schedule your consultation with Drs. Atassi, Chivu or Shah at 708.229.6020
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