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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.

  • Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells or to slow down their growth.
  • Extracorporeal Photopheresis

    Extracorporeal photopheresis is a treatment used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) and graft-versus-host disease. In extracorporeal photopheresis, a patient’s blood is injected with a drug that makes cells more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light and then exposed to UV light. This process damages the cancerous cells, which are returned to the patient, stimulating the body’s immune system.
  • Integrative medicine is the use of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, counseling and massage, to manage disease symptoms or treatment side effects.
  • Mohs surgery treats skin cancer. The surgeon removes cells by layer, examining each layer for cancer cells until no more cancer cells are found.
  • Photodynamic Therapy

    Photodynamic therapy is light-sensitive medicine that is activated with a laser or other type of light. It is used in the treatment of some cancers, such as lung cancer, and some eye conditions, such as macular degeneration.
  • Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses radiation to kill tumors or keep them from growing. It can also help relieve cancer symptoms.