Nooreen Hussain, D.O.
, Gastro Intestinal Cancer
, Medical Oncology/Hematology
I went to undergrad in Chicago (DePaul University) where I studied Psychology and Biology and stayed local for medical school (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine). I did my medical residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and followed that with my Hematology/Oncology fellowship in Texas (Baylor Scott and White Medical Center), and now I'm happy to be back practicing in Peoria!
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
I was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the western suburbs. I live in Peoria with my family.
Hobbies / Interests:
I like to spend my free time outside whenever I can, whether that's biking or going on a nice walk. I hope to visit all the national parks in the US (I'm at about half so far). Other hobbies: strength training/working out and experimenting with new recipes
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
Research on cancer biology and the development of non-chemotherapy treatments, including immunotherapy and targeted therapies. It's a great day when I know I can offer my patient a treatment that can actually make a difference in his or her life while limiting side effects and toxicities.
Why did you choose your field?
Learning about the development of cancers and cancer biology was probably my favorite subject in medical school. When I did my medical training in Peoria I felt a deep connection to my cancer patients, learning about their diseases and researching about treatments. It wasn't long after I started my training that I knew I wanted to practice medical oncology.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
I chose ILCC because Peoria has been a second home to me. Not only did I start my medical training here but I also met my husband here in Peoria. I am also amazed by the expertise and support ILCC provides for patients and the community and am happy to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
It's always great to have a family member or friend support you in this journey. It can be a long and difficult journey but having someone there with you will make it exponentially better. And never be afraid to ask more questions, that is what we're here for.