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Clinical Services at Rush The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Spine Tumor Clinic

At Rush University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists treating spine tumors work together to determine optimal individualized treatments for patients with spine tumors. With access to a wealth of resources that include advanced diagnostic capabilities, clinical trials and new treatment approaches, Rush offers patients the best care possible.

John O'Toole, MD, neurosurgeon at Rush, offers expertise in the surgical treatment of all spine tumors, including metastases to the spine and spinal cord tumors. He is a leader in the use of minimally invasive procedures to treat spine tumors. Compared with open surgeries, minimally invasive approaches have been shown to do the following:

  • Cause less pain and less blood loss
  • Require shorter hospitalization periods and results in faster recovery times
  • Allow many patients to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments more quickly.

Aidnag Z. Diaz, MD, radiation oncologist at Rush, is dedicated to providing patients with the latest radiation treatment technologies. Rush Radiosurgery offers patients access to the state-of-the-art TrueBeam STx machine. TrueBeam STx is the latest in advanced radiosurgery technology that utilizes a noninvasive method of treating tumors with high-dose radiation precisely from different angles. A powerful, noninvasive radiosurgery system, TrueBeam STx destroys cancerous and benign tumors with high-dose, highly accurate radiation beams while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. This pinpoint accuracy allows our physicians to treat difficult-to-reach tumors that may have been impossible to treat in the past.

Learn more about Rush Neurosurgery and Rush Radiosurgery.

Access to Cancer Resources

Rush is committed to helping patients and their families cope with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer.

  • In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Rush offers a patient navigator to assess individual patient needs and provide information about available treatments, community services and programs.
  • Through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program, patients have access to therapies that complement their medical treatments, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, nutritional and herbal counseling, massage and yoga. 

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Spine Tumor Clinic is located at Woman's Board of Radiation Therapy, 500 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612.

To make an appointment please call (312) 942-6644.







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