Kish welcomes new oncologist

DeKALB – The KishHealth System Cancer Center welcomes a new physician in hematology and oncology, Habib A. Shaikh, DO. Dr. Shaikh is board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine.

For three and a half years, Shaikh cared for hematology and oncology patients at RiverBend Medical Group/Mercy Oncology Services, Springfield, Mass. He also practiced as a hospitalist for two years at Swedish American Hospital, Rockford. Shaikh received his doctor of osteopathy degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove. He completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology and an internal medicine residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“My approach to cancer care is one of both personalized treatment as well as personal treatment,” Shaikh said. “It is the age of personalized medicine, which means that medical decisions and treatments are customized to the individual patient’s characteristics and on various characteristics of their disease.”

Shaikh said he also believes in “personal medicine.”

“That, to me, means taking time to get to know a patient, understand his or her goals and aspirations, help them understand their disease and discuss the various treatment options,” he said. “I believe that communication is key in the doctor-patient relationship, especially when it comes to cancer care, as there are so many emotions and questions that need to be addressed.”

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