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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • BRCA Testing

    BRCA testing is a medical test to determine a person’s risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer. The test looks for mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which are linked to a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Being diagnosed with breast cancer that requires a mastectomy can be devastating. But for patients who have lost one or both breasts, breast reconstruction is an option. The surgery restores patients' breasts to a normal size, shape and appearance.
  • Patients who are at risk for cancer, have a suspected cancer, or have a diagnosed cancer may need some type of surgery. Their care team will discuss when they need surgery and what their options are so that they can decide what is best for them.
  • Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells or to slow down their growth.
  • Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy

    Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a nonsurgical procedure during which doctors use a thin needle to obtain a tissue sample from a growth for the purpose of determining whether it is cancerous. This procedure is most often used to diagnose or rule out thyroid cancer and breast cancer.
  • Specialists at Rush offer a wide range of DNA testing, including tests for Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis as well as colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • Integrative medicine is the use of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, counseling and massage, to manage disease symptoms or treatment side effects.
  • Rush offers intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat early-stage breast cancer and lower the risk of recurrence.
  • Lymph Node Dissection

    Lymph node dissection is the removal of a group of lymph nodes, small glands throughout the body that hold white blood cells, or lymphocytes. Doctors usually perform lymph node dissections to treat cancers that have spread or may spread to the lymph nodes.
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends two methods for breast cancer screening: a high-quality screening mammogram — a breast X-ray — and breast exams performed by a health professional (not self-exams). To be effective, these need to be performed regularly.
  • Mastectomy is surgery to remove all or a portion of a woman’s breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. Lumpectomy is surgery to remove a breast tumor.
  • Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses radiation to kill tumors or keep them from growing. It can also help relieve cancer symptoms.