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Dr. Shaad Abdullah

Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
Silver Spring, MD
18 years experience male

About

Bio

Board certified physician in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. Providing expert, quality and compassionate hematology oncology care in the Greater Washington area.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

Hindi, Punjabi

Doctor Q&A

47 Answers
5 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Various: Causes of high counts can be due to a variety of reasons, some include infections, environmental factors, bone marrow disorders and cancer. You shoul... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Emergency evaluation: Febrile neutropenia means low neutrophils which play an important in the bodies ability to fight infection. In an neutropenic state the body is suscep... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Jaundice, dark urine: Commonly jaundice and dark urine can be seen in a patient having hemolysis. Other signs can be subtle such as increasing weakness, fatigue, shortness ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
No: Palafer usually refers to iron supplements. It can make your stool appear black and possibly look like bleeding but usually i would expect such a medi... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Very unlikely: A presenting sign of posterior nosebleeds is not commonly considered a sign of lung cancer. You should see your primary care or an ear, nose and throa... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
See your doctor: Dear duarys6, could be possibly transient swelling from an infection but please do see your physician as there can be a variety of reason for the ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Difficult to answer: Risk association of cervical cancer to smoking is compounded by years and numbers smoked. Extrapolating from lung cancer data where risk does reduce o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Depends: Not normal if persistent or if the pain or swelling gets worse. If symptoms prolonged to consult your doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
None proven: Many herbal blood thinners have been studied and not found to be effective and safe.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Needs follow up: Hpv test positive and precancerous cells does setup an individual for progression of precancerous cell to malignancy. Only can be further evaluated by... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Difficult : Difficult to discern just by symptoms, needs an evaluation by a physician to work up in detail.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Not everything is: Not every lump is a cancer. Thyroid nodules develop in many people and can be totally benign to cancerous. You need to see your primary care doctor or... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes many: Yes. Teenagers can get lung cancer and teenagers can have worsening lung function if they continue to smoke. Quitting now can definitely reduce your r... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
No: Differential can be broad, though those signs can be worrisome. Physical exam and biopsy should help.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Tomato and pepper can look like blood in stool but it is highly recommended that you report this to your local physician specially if the problem pers... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Progression: Untreated testicular cancer can eventually spread regionally or advance to distant metastasis if not treated appropriately in time.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: It originates from special glial cells of the brain known as astrocytes. Depending upon location, the tumor can be resected with an excellent prognosi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Possible link: People with pernicious anemia maybe at risk for developing gastric polyps, gastric carcinoid tumors and gastric cancer. Individual risk should be esta... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
New or old?: If your hemoglobin was 12 last week and now suddenly is 8.6 that could be dangerous and a sign of bleeding or destruction of red cells which if sudden... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Likely nothing: Dear victorizzo52, this could be likely be nothing. The first thing which needs to be established that is this finding new or has been present for... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
See your doctor: Benign breast lump can happen at your age but since you feel something and that you have a family history you should have your doctor examine you and ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Bone Marrow Problem: Low WBC and platelet count can be associated with bone marrow disorders. This could be secondary to a production problem versus a problem resulting in... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
See a hematologist : Your mom's red blood cells are unusually big this could just signal a vitamin deficiency. She has an elevated lymphocyte percentage which could be fro... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Depends : Ovarian cancer can be of various types and even within those different types the tumor can behave differently in different individuals and hence grow ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Spleen can regenerate by various mechanisms. Spleen once injured by trauma can implant itself in different parts of the abdomen, known as splenosis. P... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Insufficient info: Elevated SGPT and SGOT are very non specific signs of cancer. Your mother should see a gastroenterologist for those changes. Causes such as infection,... Read More
A 86-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Possible dry skin: Proper use of moisturizer should help. Seborrheic dermatitis can also cause flakes, specially on the face. A dermatologist can help.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Uncommon but possibl: Uncommon but possible. Depends upon the size and location of the tumor.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Needs an examination: You need to see your physician or primary care to examine you and discern what the swelling actually is. It might be an infection, a benign non cancer... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Regimen dependant: Depends upon the regimen chosen by your oncologist. Recent responses from chemotherapy have been excellent with the newer agents. Golf ball sized tumo... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Likely infection: Pain such as the one you are reporting can occur by a nearby infection such as sinusitis, sore throat, skin infection etc. If such complaints are expe... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Not really: High white blood cells after transplant could be from possible use of steroids which might be given to prevent infection. But you should consult with ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: But ask your oncologist at what time is safe and inform her or him of what dye is being used before proceeding.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Needs an exam: Should see a gastroenterologist immediately. Causes can be worked up by a detailed workup without any further delay and liver compromise. Might need a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Specially in the light of a smoking history, dual malignancy have been recorded.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Various causes: Most common cause of low lymphocytes are an infection which usually resolves. One of the common causes of low lymphocytes is HIV which affects the lym... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
CLL?: If you are referring to cll as in chronic lymphocytic leukemia then the answer is that cll does in rare situations predispose the body to develop canc... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Ebv is one of the first viruses to be associated with carcinogenesis though most people carry the virus without it ever causing cancer but in certain ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, depends upon stage at diagnosis and location. Unfortunately small cell cancer has a high risk of recurrence but if limited and treated by a multi... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Avoid: We try to avoid voltaren (diclofenac) and other nsaids all together in sickle cell disease pain control. Now and then the use of nsaids might be ok bu... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Carcinoid Flush: Carcinoids can release chemicals in your body which can cause bothersome diarrhea or flushing and other complaints, occasionally also vitamin deficien... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes and No!: Lung or chest xrays are not the optimum test to evaluate for tumor within the chest. It would only show up depending upon the location, size and chara... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Need more info: What kind of ablation did your son have? Those above labs you have mentioned are not indicative of any specific reason as the cause of your sons exhau... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Depends: Depends upon how big the tumor, the amount of resection, location of the surgery, your recovery, and what your work involves. Your surgeon should be a... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Depending on stage: Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of them can be used to effectively treat and possibly slow the progression. An oncologist can help i... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Can vary: Depends upon the stage of the cancer. Lung cancer usually is painless at the initial stages, once it starts invading into surrounding tissue in the ch... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaad Abdullah
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 18 years experience
Yes!: If you continue to smoke your risk of developing lung cancer proportionately increases, the risk becomes nearly 100% depending upon how long you live ... Read More

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Mar 20, 2016
Best Oncologist, have been seeing him since a while, very caring, skilled, well respected in his field;
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Abdullah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dow Medical College
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH GAL

Awards

ASCO Young Investigator Award 2012
Top Doctor, Third Place, Takoma Park, MD - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Takoma Park, MD - Winter
2013
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