Cardio-Oncology Services


Cardio-Oncology Services

RUSH is one of few health systems with a dedicated cardio-oncology program, which focuses on preventing or minimizing heart damage caused by cancer treatments.

RUSH is one of few health systems with a dedicated cardio-oncology program, which focuses on preventing or minimizing heart damage caused by cancer treatments.

The RUSH Approach to Cardio-Oncology

Thanks to advances in diagnosis and treatment, today more people are surviving cancer.

However, some of the chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapies that help cure your cancer can also damage your heart — putting your heart health at risk. This can lead to new heart problems — especially if you are already at high risk for heart disease — or make existing conditions worse.

That's where our cardio-oncology specialists step in. Our cardiologists focus specifically on the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on your heart.

Partnering with your cancer care team, we'll provide evaluation, care and treatment to help improve your heart function before and during cancer-related procedures and treatments. We'll also provide lifelong care and support after your cancer treatments to swiftly address any cancer-related heart conditions that may arise long after you finish treatment.

Cardio-Oncology Providers at RUSH

RUSH has a cardio-oncology provider in Chicago and Oak Park.

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RUSH Excellence in Cardio-Oncology Services

  • Comprehensive cardiac care: As one of few health systems in the country with a dedicated cardio-oncology program, RUSH University Medical Center offers the full range of heart care before, during and after your cancer treatment. Our team will perform a full cardiovascular evaluation and then work with your cancer care team to adjust your cancer treatments and medications to protect your heart as much as possible.
  • Cardiovascular Imaging: We perform comprehensive cardiovascular imaging as necessary to help assess your cardiovascular risks prior to treatment, during treatment and after treatment; in order to continue to help you tailor your cardiac and cancer treatments through these steps.
  • A focus on education: The more you know about how your cancer treatment affects your heart, the better. We'll make you a key player in your care plan by arming you with the information you need about your treatment regimen and signs and symptoms watch for.
  • Blood pressure medication management: If you have high blood pressure and cancer, some of the biggest heart risks are heart failure and heart attack. Our cardio-oncology specialists will work with you to manage your blood pressure and your other cardiovascular risks with this in mind. For instance, we may recommend taking specific medications, such as ACE inhibitors or beta blockers, that control your blood pressure while also lowering your risk of heart failure.
  • Heart surgery expertise: Our team specializes in heart surgery to address cancer-related heart conditions. For example, if you need valve replacement surgery, our cardio-oncology team may recommend mechanical valve replacement rather than tissue valve replacement if you've had radiation therapy, which causes lasting inflammation. A mechanical valve, made of metal and plastic, is not affected by the inflammation; a tissue valve replacement will get inflamed and cause long-lasting issues.

The Heart of The Matter

A virtual education program about the complex relationship between cancer care and heart health. You’ll hear from a range of experts, including a discussion on how nutrition impacts different body types during treatment and as cancer survivors.

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Tochi Okwuosa, DO

As cancer patients live longer, we realize that certain cancer treatments have cardiovascular consequences, which sometimes extend after cancer treatment is completed. We are not making decisions for our patients in isolation. We work collaboratively and are in constant communication with the oncologists, which benefits our patients.

Tochukwu (Tochi) Okwuosa, DO, Cardiologist

Cardio-Oncology Locations

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Professional Building

RUSH Cardiology - Chicago

1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 1159
Chicago, IL 60612

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Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Oak Park

RUSH Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy - Oak Park

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building - Suites 5400, 2100
Oak Park, IL 60304

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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