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Oncology Update

December 1, 2021

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Oncology Update 

Presented By:  Muhammad Saqlain, MD and Muhammad Toor, MD

Hematology Oncology, Beacon Health System 


Dr. M. Uzair Saqlain sees himself as a coach as much as he is an oncologist.

“Oncology is a specialty where you develop a strong and special bond with your patients,” Dr. Saqlain said. “That bond often begins in the most difficult and uncertain time for our patients and together we form a team with the ultimate goal of returning them to their lives.”

While Dr. Saqlain realized his passion for medicine early in high school, he did not decide to pursue oncology until his residency in the U.S. “I am inspired by the strength, determination and courage of patients undergoing cancer treatment,” he said. “People ask me why I chose a specialty that is sometimes emotionally taxing. I feel this is the most satisfying job, because I am able to help patients when others might lose hope.”

Like many physicians, Dr. Saqlain has learned to listen carefully to his patients, because the details they share are often better than tests. Medicine today is not one-sided. “My greatest hope is that patients find me approachable and honest. I coach and guide, but they are in charge,” he said. “I am driven by the desire to help them at their most vulnerable time, hold their hand and guide them on their journey.”


Dr. M. Omer Toor learned a valuable lesson from his mentors in medical school that he applies in his practice daily. “I treat patients, not the disease,” said Dr. Toor, who is a native of Pakistan. “I support and comfort families while patients are battling the toughest experience of their lives. Cancer effects them physically as well as emotionally, and my job as their physician is to listen and stand beside them when they need me.”

Breakthrough scientific discoveries are happening at a pace never seen before in the field of cancer management. Dr. Toor has a research background in precision medicine. Therefore he works to find treatments in line with new discoveries that can provide the best outcomes and provide state-of-the-art management at the patient’s doorstep. In addition to treating his patients, Dr. Toor understands the importance of listening. “I listen, then talk. I want to know my patient as a person,” he said.

“Whether it’s a mother with cancer who is making memories for her daughter, a cancer survivor helping to create awareness, or a son planning a trip with his dad, who has advanced stage cancer, my patients are my role models.”



Accreditation Statement: The Beacon Health System of South Bend is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  Beacon Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:  The Speaker(s) and all planners associated with this activity do not have any potential conflict of interest.

Disclosure Statement:  As a sponsor accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association, Beacon Health System must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored educational programs.  All faculty participating in these programs must complete a disclosure statement indicating any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education program.  This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic.

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On Demand Details: Recordings are available for credit until 12/1/2022

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December 1, 2021
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