Over the past few years, the number of treatment options for treating leukemia has continued to increase — offering patients more effective options with less intense side effects. Rush’s expert team of leukemia specialists are at the leading edge of these therapies and treat a high volume of patients. This level of expertise helps our multidisciplinary team determine the best treatment plan for you.
Rush specializes in providing the most advanced leukemia treatments available — including targeted therapies, immunotherapies, CAR-T therapy and stem cell transplant — with high response rates. You may also have access to clinical trials at Rush that are looking at novel approaches for treating leukemia.
Typically, you will receive your leukemia treatment as an inpatient in the hospital. Your team at Rush understands the personal challenges of an inpatient treatment plan. And, they are dedicated addressing not only your physical needs, but also the emotional stress and anxiety that come with intensive inpatient care.
We will also work closely with you and your loved ones to make your transition from inpatient to outpatient care as smooth as possible. We have a dedicated nurse coordinator who will help coordinate your follow-up appointments and guide you through your outpatient care.
Expert second opinions
If you’re looking to confirm your leukemia diagnosis and fully explore all potential treatment options, Rush leukemia specialists can help. Schedule a second opinion by calling (312) CANCER-1.
Excellence in Leukemia Care
Care right when you need it
Because time is of the essence when it comes to starting leukemia treatment, we are able get you in to see a leukemia specialist at Rush within 24 hours of your call. We also work with closely with our emergency department and referring physicians outside of Rush to ensure that patients who need to transfer leukemia care to Rush are seen as quickly as possible.
Multidisciplinary leukemia clinic
Most of our leukemia patients receive care through The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Leukemia Clinic. In the clinic your care team — which may include hematologists, bone marrow transplant physicians, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, advanced practice providers and others — bring their collective expertise together to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
Molecular profiling for leukemia
Our team performs molecular profiling — which analyzes your unique genetic makeup — on all newly diagnosed patients to help your care team make personalized treatment recommendations and decisions that will be most effective for you.
Outstanding stem cell transplant outcomes
Some leukemia patients may need a stem cell transplant as part of their treatment. The Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy program at Rush has excellent outcomes, with a 100% survival rate for the first 180 days after transplant. The program is also accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) — the highest level of accreditation that recognizes Rush’s compliance with quality standards for cell collection, laboratory processing and transplantation.
Supportive oncology care
At Rush, you will have access to the Supportive Oncology Program, which offers integrative therapies to complement traditional leukemia treatments. The program offers psychosocial counseling, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and massage. The team can also connect you to other resources, such as financial counseling and transportation assistance, to help you and your family through the physical, social and emotional challenges of leukemia treatment.
“Leukemia can be a long process, but we are with our patients every step of the way. Our team provides very personalized, hands-on care. We are committed to good communication between us and our patients. They can call us for everything because they know we are easy to get in touch with and very responsive. And, we are happy to take the time to talk to them and explain everything they need to know.”
Melissa Larson, MD
Director, Leukemia Program