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 at OSF 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 OSF Little Company of Mary, our Hematologists / Oncologists are trained in both specialties, making them qualified to treat solid-tumor cancers and blood-related cancers.
Dr. M. Bassel Atassi is a part of the LCM Medical Group and is practicing with Dr. Shamila Garg at The Cancer Center at OSF Little Company of Mary. 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.
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 physician?
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.
Dr. Shamila Garg is a part of the LCM Medical Group and is practicing with Dr. Atassi at The Cancer Center at OSF Little Company of Mary. Dr. Garg completed both her residency and fellowship training at University of Missouri Kansas City and is board-certified in hematology/ oncology.
She has participated in several clinical trials. Dr. Garg brings a wealth of experience having worked in cancer centers such as Yale and Saint Lukes Cancer Institute of Kansas City, PA. She has more than 20 years of experience with special interests in breast cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.
Philosophy of care
I do everything I can to help my patients receive not only the best available treatments but also to be done so with the utmost level of compassion. Cancer is a diagnosis that affects not only the patient, but the entire family. I believe in taking care of the patient and their family as a whole and as if they were my own family – walking alongside them throughout their journey.
Why did you decide to become a physician?
Ever since I was little, I always wanted to become a physician. I watched a close friend battle leukemia at a young age, which guided me to choose a profession where I would be able to help people suffering from medical ailments. When I was in medical school, I met a young woman, a mother of two, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Witnessing her and her family’s struggle, along with my childhood friend’s battle with leukemia, which impacted me and influenced my choice of medical specialty. It ultimately led to my decision to spend my career helping patients along their cancer journey.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
I love to read and spend time with family.
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OSF Little Company of Mary - Cancer Center
2800 West 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805