The following services are available at the Comprehensive Lymphoma Center at Rush:
Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Treatment
Once a patient is diagnosed with lymphoma, the treatment plan may include chemoimmunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or bone marrow transplant. In addition to a full range of standard therapies, our center offers innovative treatments not widely available through clinical trials. Examples include monoclonal antibodies against several markers in the malignant lymphoma cell (anti-CD 20, 22 and 80). Other targeted therapies prevent the cancer cell from dividing and are less toxic than chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy is a critical part of managing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These lymphomas respond well to radiotherapy, and large tumors often disappear quickly after treatment with small doses of radiation. The Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine has been actively involved in the Lymphoma Center in the past five years since the development of two drugs (Zevalin and Bexxar) which are considered radioimmunotherapy (RIT), or targeted "IV" radiation. RIT is one of the most effective therapies for relapsed low grade lymphoma. Treatment is given over one week and has minimal side effects. Many of the clinical trials include new targeted molecules such as monoclonal antibodies directed against many of the proteins on the surface of B-cell lymphomas. RIT is considered a relatively non-toxic therapy.
Our lymphoma center physicians also work with dermatologists to evaluate and treat patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, including mycosis fungoides, a rare lymphoma of the skin. For more information, see the Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Clinic.
Second Opinion Services
The Comprehensive Lymphoma Center at Rush provides second opinion services to individuals who have been diagnosed with a lymphoma. To learn more about the importance of a second opinion, please see our Seeking a Second Opinion page. For more information, patients or physicians are also encouraged to call our clinic at (312) 563-2320.
Complementary, Integrative Cancer Medicine
Rush has a dedicated Cancer Integrative Medicine program that offers patients access to complementary treatments including acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, counseling, massage therapy, medical hypnosis, nutritional counseling and yoga. For more information, see our Cancer Integrative Medicine Program page.
Supportive and Educational Services
Rush is committed to helping patients and their families cope with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer. As such, we offer our patients access to a variety of cancer support programs. This includes the ability to meet with an American Cancer Society patient navigator, who assesses the individual patient needs and provides information about available community services and programs.
Appointment and Location Information
For more information, or to make an appointment with the Comprehensive Lymphoma Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, please call (312) 563-2320.
Our office is located in the Professional Office Building at Rush University Medical Center, 1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 855, Chicago, IL 60612.