The goal of chemotherapy is to kill as many tumor cells as possible or to prevent them from dividing and giving rise to additional tumor cells. Many different chemotherapy drugs are available. Some of these drugs are taken by mouth while others are injected into a vein or muscle. You may receive one drug, or you may receive combination chemotherapy, which is treatment that uses different drugs that work well together.
Biological therapy, also called immunotherapy, uses the body's immune system to fight cancer or to lessen the side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatments.
The chemotherapy or biological therapy you receive at the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic will depend on what best treats your specific tumor. Your neuro-oncologist at Rush will work with you and the other doctors on your care team to tailor your chemotherapy or biological treatment to your needs. Your neuro-oncologist also coordinates these treatments with other cancer treatments that may include radiation therapy or surgery.
Access to Standard and Promising Therapies
At Rush, you will have access to standard chemotherapy and biological therapy regimens, as well as promising therapies being studied in clinical trials that are not available anywhere else in Chicago.
Standard regimens are those that have already been proven to be successful in treating specific tumors. Physicians at Rush participate in clinical trials to investigate cancer vaccines, new drugs and better ways of delivering the drugs currently available. These trials offer you the chance for a better outcome than you may get from existing treatments, especially if you have not responded well to standard treatments or have a cancer that has relapsed.
The chemotherapy and biological therapy clinical trials available at Rush are unique to Chicago. Rush is the only medical center in Chicago that is a member of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), a national clinical research group based at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
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