Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Rush offers a full range of treatments for pediatric cancers, from standard therapies to innovative treatment options, and new options are being explored every day. Pediatric 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 pediatric cancers. At Rush, we collaborate with the National Cancer Institute and the Children’s Oncology Group to evaluate different combinations of treatments.
Pediatric cancer patients are treated by a member of the pediatric oncology team who focuses on pediatric cancers; this focus gives physicians a unique understanding of how to most effectively treat pediatric cancers using the options available at Rush, including image-guided radiotherapy, TomoTherapy and total body irradiation.
- Bone marrow transplants take sick or diseased bone marrow — caused by disease or high-dose chemotherapy — and replaces 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 start growing in the patient sooner. It is also easier for the patient to donate stem cells this way than undergo an anesthetic and a bone marrow harvest.
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 have 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.
To schedule an appointment, call (877) RUSH-KID (787-4543).
1725 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612