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Dr. Ed Kaplan

Hematology and Oncology
Skokie, IL
40 years experience male

Locations

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY OF THE NORTH SHORE

SKOKIE, IL

Address

9631 GROSS POINT RD, SKOKIE, IL
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Office

Skokie, IL

About

Bio

<ol><li>Medi <i></i> cal Oncologist in private practice in northern suburbs of Chicago. Involved in clinical trials- especially for Colorectal, Lung and Breast cancer. Goal is to provide thorough, compassionate and timely care to patients in a caring environment, but not in the sterile clinic-type setting frequently found in big institutions. Some beliefs: Statistics are misleading Modern approach to devastating illnesses is to give up too easily Cost of care is clouding clinical judgement Therapies can be individualized to achieve maximum benefits</li></ol>

Specialties
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Hematology and Oncology

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, Russian

Doctor Q&A

303 Answers
162 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
SEE DOCTOR: You need a further evaluation. You could have many things: irritable bowel inflammatory bowel ulcer lymphoma gastritis please get to a doctor.... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends: Has it always been that way or is it a recent change? Any bleeding? Any pain or cramping? Family history of polyps or cancer? Need more info to he... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Beta 2 Microglobulin: Is a way of following myeloma response to therapy. The problem is that it can be elevated in other conditions- including benign ones. I've seen it ver... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends: Depends on type of surgery and your body. Ask your surgeon.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on type: Not common but not different than for adult, i think: if indolent- surgery and possibly radiation then watchful waiting (maybe with bone marrow harve... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
An Alien: You may have a deformity in your sternum (example: pectus excavatum) that can sometimes be irritating. If you have discomfort below the "xiphoid" (low... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Varies: Can have redness and irritation after 3-4 weeks or may not have problems till completed. Most serious problems can show up months or years after finis... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
It could: Melanoma can do all kinds of things and can be very lethal. Something could be present for years and then sudden;ly change or seem to appear. It shou... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Sounds viral: Avoid antibiotics unless proof of bacterial infection.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
IV Iron: Ask your doctor about getting IV iron replacement (feraheme) instead of oral replacement.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Strict Diet: I've heard that if you pick a particular kind of diet that is rich in any specific food that you like and stick yo it, you will likely have about a 50... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
ER: Severe abdom pain and vaginal bleeding is probably a good recipe for an immediate visit to the emergency department of your favorite hospital. If it i... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Unknown: Good that you quit smoking. Would watch you carefully and maybe repeat cdt but would avoid invasive tests or excessive exposure to cts.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Needs further eval.: Depending on how big or what they feel like, they should probably be checked further. Chronic infection (like acne) or inflammation could give you ch... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
No: Probably nothing except for the thermometer. If you were really hypothermic, you would know it. That being said, in infants or the elderly, low temp... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Possible/unlikely: Any swollen lymph nodes and any breast lump should be evaluated. You are very young and a right-sided node plus a left breast lump are unlikely (not i... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Not likely: No known link, as far as i know, between mold and kidney cancer. Tobacc smoking, however, is linked to many cancers, including bladder cancer.
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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Yes: Best bet, if you do have testicular cancer, is to bank your sperm before you get treatment for the cancer.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
What is question?: Difficult to understand your question. If you have occult blood in stool and you are having belly pain and swelling, you should probably have that col... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Not likely: I guess depends on whether you mean a baby's diaper or adult's diaper. Either way is very unlikey. But especially with a baby - it is very difficult f... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
No: Many causes for bone pain. Could be related to high uric acid. May be from ancillary medication ( Neupogen or neulasta) or many other possibilities.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Please Donate: It would be great for you to donate, but you should go to a blood donation office or a blood drive somewhere and donate as often as possible. Carryin... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Don't stop now!: The purpose of all the treatment is to reduce your risk of recurrence. You are fortunate to have a chance at cure. If it recurs it is deadly. The hard... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
By being lucky: Catching things early helps. What kind of cancers? Consider genetic testing.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
US/ exam/blood: Ultrasound and exam are first. Include special blood tests. If anything suspicious, refer to urologist for exam and possible biopsy or orchiectomy (re... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends: Early detection is curable and that's why pap smears are so important. The ability to spread depends on a number of features- is it poorly differen... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
If Follicular: If you mean follicular grade iiia, i would recommend the maintenance Rituxan (rituximab) (4 weekly doses every 6 months for 2 years or 1 dose every 2 ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Need Evaluation: Bruising may be a sign of an underlying problem, especially if not caused by trauma. Usually suggests that there is a problem in blood clotting syste... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Probably not: After it heals, should be better. If it persists, talk to your gynecologist.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
No: May be early detection but right now just seems to cause early anxiety.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Find an MD who will: Severe back pain might be related to problems that won't show up on blood work. Make another appointment with your PCP or ask him for a referral to a ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Check blood: tell your OB right away and get a blood test- "CBC"
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A member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Many causes: Depends, but most common is probably from viral infection. Many other possibilities including drugs, leukemia, other infections, benign cyclic changes... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Not proven: Intriguing but not ever studied properly. I'm very wary always of "alternative medicine" that is selling you something based on testimonials. I have ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Get a check up !: Do you have fever, sweats , weight loss, itching? Other symptoms or history? You need a good exam, lab tests, chest x-ray and possibly other tests . ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
YU huh: Unsure what the cancer has to do with story.... But if you have strep throat you can give it to someone by kissing.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
No Rules: I agree that headache is rarely because of a brain tumor. However, if you have a brain tumor , symptoms can be very mild or even nonexistent. Sympto... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Interesting.....: I'm assuming that it goes away after those "couple days"? I don't know why you would have one-sided lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph glands) unless it ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends: Depends on: type of cancer (grade, hormone receptors) pre or post- menopausal type of chemotherapy and other therapy given (radiation, surgery) ho... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Yes: Normal CEA is generally below 5. By the way, CEA is not a screening test. It is used to follow diseases that exist and hint, sometimes, at recurrence... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on cancer: Stage and hormone receptor status of the cancer determine what kind of treatment is needed. If it is early stage and hormone sensitive and you are po... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends: Many types of non-hodgkins lymphoma and prognosis varies. Even with stage iv, some are very curable. Need more details. Good luck!
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Could be: Not commonly but could be. Get it checked out!
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Possible malignancy: Lymphpma or hodgkins disease or aids could present like this. Wbc does not have to be abnormal. You need full exam, lab studies , and possible node bi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on dose : What is the reason for the cytoxan (cyclophosphamide)? I'm guessing lupus or ra. (it could matter, especially your blood counts are low to begin with... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Yes: Benedryl is frequently used as part of a nausea preventing regimen for chemotherapy. By itself it is not very effective. Other causes of nausea, such ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Hope not!!: Only if it keeps you from getting checkups and routine colonoscopies!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
"To Each Their Own": Everybody's different. Generally sticking with bland and not spicey is less likely to cause problems, but the nausea from chemotherapy doesn't have mu... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Various infections: Other things that ca cause lymp node swelling, fever, chills, wt loss.
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A member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Need more info: Can't advise from question. Need more details on disease, stage, treatment, and side effects experienced.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jul 11, 2014
Excellent Hematologist/Oncologist!
Apr 19, 2013
High quality and timely opinions.
HealthTap member
Nov 8, 2012
Dr. Kaplan is a great doctor and a great person. He helped me many times with my professional questions and I know his patients feel that they are getting the best care
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Doctors think her sleep apnea/non-compliance w/ CPAP therapy may have caused a build-up of C02 leading to confusion. She is also off many of her meds now. She is 58 w/ multiple health issues/mult. med...Read More
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my bp was one forty over ninety, but she didnt say much about it. she took some blood for routine lab work and thats about it. I take daily vit. krill oil, and vit. D3 and on methimazole for hyperthyr...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! CT showed around 5 enlarged lymph nodes. No night sweats, no rash or itching or weight loss. I have big tonsils. The ENT doctor saw me.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Evanston, IL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Evanston, IL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Evanston, IL - Winter
2013

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