Laura Hertz, APN
Laura received her Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is board certified as both an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner. She is also certified as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
Laura first started at Illinois CancerCare as a treatment nurse and then transitioned to a nurse practitioner in 2010.
Laura married her husband Tom in 2004. They have two cats.
Hobbies / Interests:
“I enjoy reading, sewing, gardening and running. I like to spend time with my husband traveling.”
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
“I am amazed by the genetic aspects of cancer. As more genetic abnormalities become linked to cancer development, the more opportunities we will see for the development of targeted and individualized treatment.”
Why did you choose your field?
“I chose oncology because it is endlessly educational at an intellectual, societal, and emotional level. It is my goal to make your time at Illinois CancerCare as pleasant as possible.”
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
“When you have questions about your disease, treatment, medications, prognosis or anything else, don’t be afraid to ask your healthcare team. We are here to help!”