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Clinical Services at Rush Lung Cancer Clinic FAQs

Why choose the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic at Rush?
What types of cancer do you treat?
How do you choose which treatment is best for me?
What is endobronchial ultrasound (or EBUS)?
What is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (or (VATS)?
What does the clinical coordinator talk about with me?
Are there ways to reduce side effects?
Do you have clinical trials I can participate in?
Where is the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic located?
How do I schedule an appointment?
What is your contact information?

Why choose the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic team at Rush

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic is a Chicago-area leader in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and other malignancies of the chest. Our multidisciplinary team of experts includes oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons, combining advanced technology with personalized treatment and care. 

What types of cancer do you treat?

We treat all types and stages of lung or thoracic cancers, as well as chest malignancies. They include: lung cancer, messothelioma, chest sarcomas, esophageal cancer, lung metastases, lung nodules, lung masses, lung infiltrates, mediastinal tumors, thymomas.

How do you choose which treatment is best for a patient?

Our multidisciplinary team reviews your health history and relevant imaging studies, including x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT scans. Your doctor works closely with you to create the best individualized treatment program leading to the most successful health outcome possible. Rush has the most advanced technology for treatment and clinicians who are highly skilled in minimally invasive surgeries such as VATS or EBUS.

What is endobronchial ultrasound (or EBUS)?

Endobronchial ultrasound is a new technique providing a more versatile and less invasive way to look at your lymph nodes and chest tumors to determine if your cancer has spread to other areas of the body. A thoracic surgeon performs the EBUS procedure by inserting a flexible tube into the trachea or the airway and down the esophagus to reach the nodes or tumors at the front, sides and below the trachea and in the lung. Through the tube, surgeons are able to get lung and lymph node tissue and fluid samples, which they can test right in the operating room. Benefits of EBUS include higher accuracy, no required cutting or incision, the opportunity for immediate surgery if necessary, and ability of patients to go home the same day if no further surgery is required.

What is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS?

This minimally invasive procedure is very effective in lung cancer treatment, enabling thoracic surgeons to see what's going on inside the chest using a tiny camera. Benefits include safety, a short hospital stay, less pain and accuracy in diagnosing and staging of lung cancers. VATS is also useful in removing portions of a diseased lung (lobectomy) and cancerous and benign tumors, and for patients who have fluid around the lung and heart.

What does the clinical coordinator talk about with me?

Your clinical coordinator is pivotal during your care, working closely with you in all areas, from reviewing imaging studies to helping you prepare for your treatments. The coordinator will help answer questions along with your doctor.

Are there ways to reduce side effects?

Your clinical team works closely with you to help with potential side effects. We offer complementary integrative medicine services that help with potential side effects, including yoga, massage therapy and psychological counseling, which help with potential side effects.

Do you have clinical trials I can participate in?

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic is involved in cutting-edge medical research. Our clinical trials include early detection and screening for lung cancer and a vaccine for patients who have undergone tumor resection (surgery) to remove tumors and tissue. One of our clinical trials is the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP), designed to screen people who are at risk for developing lung cancer and to detect it early. To learn more about participating in our clinical trials, visit our Cancer Clinical Trials page.

Where is the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic located?

Our address is 1725 W. Harrison St., just south of the Eisenhower Expressway and west of Paulina Street. Parking is available in the main parking garage, and the office is easily accessed from the CTA's Blue Line stop at Damen Avenue and the Pink Line stop at Polk Street.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call us at (312) 942-6642 to schedule an appointment.

What is your contact information?

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic is located in the Rush Professional Building, 1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 855, Chicago, IL 60612. For general information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874). Reach us by e-mail at contact_rush@rush.edu. For emergent transfers, call (800) 250-3609.





Contact Name
Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic
Contact Phone
(312) 563-2156
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu


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