Lymphoma Clinic Opens
Under the direction of Stephanie A. Gregory, MD, and Parameswaran Venugopal, MD, director and associate director of the Section of
Hematology, The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lymphoma Clinic opened in March.
Clinic participants, including all of the medical specialists who play a role in the treatment of lymphomas, meet each Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. Because of the condition's complexity and heterogeneity (dozens of varieties exist), diagnosing and treating a single lymphoma patient requires the skills of an interdisciplinary team.
The team includes hematologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, neurologists, hematopathologists, bone marrow transplant specialists, geneticists, molecular biologists, physician assistants and nurses. The entire team discusses each new patient and then develops a customized treatment plan to present to the patient.
"You need to have lymphoma experts to streamline the treatment for each kind of lymphoma," Gregory says. "Especially because many of these lymphomas are now chronic diseases, it's incredibly important to target the treatments as precisely as possible to limit secondary effects and ensure that patients have the best quality of life."
For more information or to refer a patient to The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lymphoma Clinic in the Rush University Cancer Center, call (312) 563-2320 or contact Kathleen Ellis at (312) 563-4799.