Hematologic Cancer Treatment
Hematologic cancer care at Rush may include one or more of the following treatment options, depending on the type and stage of the cancer.
Chemotherapy and other drug regimens
Different types of chemotherapies are used to target specific hematologic cancers. For example, timed sequential therapy uses two drugs, cytarabine and mitoxantrone, to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. The administration of the drugs is spaced out and timed in order to increase effectiveness. Rush was one of the first institutions in the country to utilize this treatment method. Other chemotherapy options for hematologic cancers include the following:
- Immunoconjugates (e.g., radioimmunotherapy and other novel compounds)
Cutaneous t-cell lymphoma clinic
This multidisciplinary clinic, which is headed by dermatologist Warren Piette, MD, provides inpatient and outpatient consultation, assessment and treatment of patients with cutaneous t-cell lymphoma, Sézary syndrome and graft-versus-host disease. Treatments include extracorporeal photopheresis, one of the most effective treatments for cutaneous t-cell lymphoma, which boosts the body’s immune system to help fight the development or progression of disease. Rush is one of the few centers in the Midwest offering this treatment.
- Bone marrow transplants take sick or diseased bone marrow — caused by disease or high-dose chemotherapy — and replace it with healthy bone marrow from a donor so that the bone marrow recipient has the infection-fighting cells the body needs to stay healthy.
- Stem cell transplants use cells collected from the donors’ blood instead of from the bone marrow. Cells collected in this way start growing in the patient sooner. It is also easier for the patient to donate stem cells this way than receiving an anesthetic and undergoing a procedure to remove bone marrow.
Complementary and alternative medicine
- Rush offers complementary and alternative medicine therapies through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. These therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery and massage, can enhance traditional cancer treatments by easing muscle tension, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing nausea, relieving pain and increasing energy.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment to ensure you are aware of all treatment options and are comfortable with your course of treatment.
- Lisa N. Boggio, MD, MS
- Sefer Gezer, MD
- Stephanie A. Gregory, MD
- Ahmad Jajeh, MD, MPH
- Reem Karmali, MD
- Melissa Larson, MD
- Agne Paner, MD
- Jamile M. Shammo, MD
- Parameswaran Venugopal, MD
Stem cell transplantation specialists
To schedule an appointment, call (312) 563-2320.
1725 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612