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Comprehensive Cancer Clinics

For many cancers, the Rush University Cancer Center offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinics where patients meet with all the specialists involved in their diagnosis and treatment during a single session to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment options. At the end of this meeting, patients walk away with a well-defined treatment plan designed to meet their individual needs. These specialists work together to provide patients with optimal care throughout their cancer treatment.

The Coleman Foundation comprehensive cancer clinics at Rush provide a full spectrum of care for patients at risk for or diagnosed with the following cancers:

Each specialty clinic provides a full spectrum of care for patients with cancer, including the following services:

  • Expert diagnosis
  • Advanced treatment options, including some that are not widely available
  • Complementary therapies through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program
  • Supportive and educational services
  • Second opinion services

At each clinic, all diagnostic and treatment services are arranged by a dedicated nurse coordinator to ensure that patients receive quality care in a timely and efficient manner.

Brain and Spine Tumors

When treating brain tumors, the team at the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic at Rush collaborates to devise and implement treatment plans that are as gentle as possible on the patient while still providing the best possible outcomes. This combined approach ensures that every patient receives state-of-the-art care, tailored to his or her specific cancer, from some of the most experienced and qualified specialists in the area.

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Breast Cancer

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center at Rush was the first of its kind in the Midwest. Thoughtfully designed and patient-friendly, the center offers compassionate care backed by all the resources of a world-class academic medical center.

Women who come to the center may have a lump, an abnormal mammogram, a diagnosis or a family history of breast cancer. For early detection of breast cancer, regular screening mammograms are offered through the Rush Breast Imaging Center, which is staffed by highly skilled radiologists who specialize in breast imaging. Genetic counseling and testing is also available to help women determine whether they are at risk of developing breast cancer.

When cancer is diagnosed, patients have access to the latest and most innovative treatment options, including groundbreaking immunotherapies, advanced chemotherapy approaches, the latest radiation therapies and a full range of surgical options for breast cancer.

For detailed information on the clinic's services, visit its clinical services page.

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Gastrointestinal Cancers

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Clinic for Gastrointestinal Cancers at Rush brings together a team of experts in gastroenterology, medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, pathology, psychosocial oncology and genetics to provide a full spectrum of care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. In addition to diagnostic and treatment care, the clinic also provides genetic testing and family counseling.

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Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers, including those found on the skull base, represent only 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. These rare cancers require highly specialized expertise and treatment. The Coleman Foundation Head and Neck Cancer Center at Rush is Chicago's most comprehensive program for head and neck cancers.

The center's team of physicians all have specialized training and experience to treat these rare tumors. Also available at the clinic are speech and language therapists to help patients with problems swallowing or talking, and a dietitian to offer nutritional support. New patients are seen within five to seven days.

At Rush, patients have a wide range of treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical procedures, when surgery is needed. Innovative treatment plans often include chemotherapy combined with targeted radiation therapies, which is the best approach for many patients, even those with advanced or difficult-to-treat cancers.

To see a remarkable story about how one patient rare brain tumor was successfully removed, watch "Hugh's Story" on the Rush Stories Web site.

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Lung Cancer

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic at Rush is a multidisciplinary group of highly trained physicians that provides comprehensive care for patients diagnosed with, or suspected to have, lung cancer, other malignancies of the chest or metastatic disease that has spread to the lung from another cancer site. New patients are seen within five to seven days.

The clinic provides a full range of the latest diagnostic and most innovative treatment options. These include minimally invasive surgery, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) as well as a full range of surgical procedures for both early and advanced lung cancer. Also available are groundbreaking targeted therapies, advanced chemotherapy approaches and the latest radiation treatments.

For detailed information on the clinic's services, visit its clinical services page.

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Multiple Myeloma

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Multiple Myeloma Clinic at Rush provides comprehensive, compassionate care to patients who may have, or have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. A multidisciplinary team of specialists addresses the multiple organ systems that are often affected with multiple myeloma. New patients are seen within five to seven days.

For detailed information on the clinic's services, visit its clinical services page.

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Pigmented Lesions

The Coleman Foundation Pigmented Lesion Center at Rush is one of the few clinics in the United States that offers photo documentation for people with benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) skin tumors. In-depth diagnostic services and education on skin cancer prevention are also available to patients. The clinic has appointments once a month, however, patients can be seen within a week if an operation or immediate care is needed.

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Prostate Cancer

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic at Rush is a multidisciplinary group of physicians that offers men with prostate cancer access to advanced treatment options and minimally invasive surgical techniques. The clinic provides the latest treatment advances for prostate cancer, including radiation treatment with theTomoTherapy Hi-Art System and minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. The center also addresses the side effects of prostate cancer treatment, including incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

For detailed information on the clinic's services, visit its clinical services page.

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Cancer Resources

Rush is committed to helping patients and their families cope with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer.

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Rush offers a patient navigator to assess individual patient needs and provide information about available treatments, community services and programs.

Through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program, patients have access to therapies that complement their medical treatments, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, nutritional and herbal counseling, massage and yoga.

A dietitian is available to discuss nutrition.

A psychosocial oncologist can offer insights on dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis.

Research to Advance Medicine

As an academic medical center, Rush is dedicated to improving patient care through research and education. Physicians at Rush are also faculty members of Rush University as well as active researchers focused on bringing the latest advances in health care directly to their patients through clinical trials. For a current list of clinical trial opportunities, visit the clinical trials home page.

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