Cancer Services (Oncology)
From stem cell transplants to clinical trials and breakthrough research, the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Oncology Department is home to leading experts and advanced technology.
Everyone on the team believes in putting patients first and emphasizing patient education. Their goal is increasing cancer awareness, promoting prevention and providing sound information and guidance on what to do when diagnosed with cancer.
The Department of Surgical Oncology provides screening, surgical treatment, and coordination of care for cancer patients with solid tumors. Our Oncologists provide comprehensive diagnostic and specialized surgical treatment choices for our patients diagnosed with solid tumor disorders. Clinical areas of expertise include, though are not limited to, tumors of the head and neck, breast, liver, gastrointestinal tract, melanoma, sarcoma and complex surgical procedures for cancer. This includes planned multidisciplinary treatment tailored to the individual patient. Expert surgical care is a standard including such specialized procedures as isolated limb and abdominal perfusions.
The Center for Breast Care provides dedicated services for the evaluation and treatment of women with breast cancer. The Center for Breast Care is at the forefront of technology and is dedicated to the team approach for the care of women seeking treatment of breast cancer and restoration of the breast through breast reconstruction. We provide surgical (oncological and breast reconstruction) and medical treatment (chemotherapy and radiation) for women with genetic predisposition to breast cancer, new diagnosis of breast cancer, or previous diagnosis of breast cancer seeking immediate or delayed reconstruction or treatment of secondary deformities. Mammography, genetic counseling, clinical research trials, patient advocate services, and the latest imaging technologies are part of our comprehensive management. Our goal is high patient satisfaction and excellent clinical outcomes.
With an emphasis on early detection and treatment for gynecologic cancer, OBGYN specialists at the UI Hospital are helping women lead longer, better lives. We offer the latest advances in care for women with cancer or precancerous conditions of the female reproductive organs (cervix, uterus, ovary, fallopian tube, vagina and vulva).
The Department of Radiation Oncology is comprised of some of the leading experts in the management of cancers of the prostate, breast, gastrointestinal tract, brain and head & neck as well as lymphomas and sarcomas. Patient care is achieved through the collaborative efforts of highly trained professionals with extensive knowledge in the field of Radiation Therapy. We specialize in radiation therapy treatments, including megavoltage photons and electrons from linear accelerators, brachytherapy, and superficial X-rays. Special programs are stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) for brain lesions, total body irradiation (TBI), intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), superficial therapy, endocavitary therapy and ophthalmic plaques.
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer refers to any cancer coming from the oral cavity or mouth, the pharynx or throat, the larynx or voice box, the nose and the sinuses, the thyroid gland, the salivary glands like the parotid gland, and the skin from the shoulders up. Head and neck cancer accounts for 3-5% of the new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States each year. Although this represents much lower numbers of new cancer cases in comparison to breast cancer for example, the treatment effects are often life altering even when cure is achieved. This type of cancer is often related to a history of tobacco use, smoked or chewed, or alcohol abuse. In recent years there are more cancer cases occurring in patients who have never used tobacco or abused alcohol but are instead linked to the presence of Human PapillomaVirus (HPV).
The Department of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is a leader in clinical drug trials and breakthrough research. Our teams of dedicated doctors are widely viewed as the best throughout their field and in their areas of expertise. Assisted by a skilled team of nurses, social workers and pharmacists, we work hard to ensure the needs of the patient and families are met from the onset of care. Our highly-advanced team treats sarcomas, performs bone marrow transplants and provides advanced treatment of brain tumors. Our clinical team is lead by an internationally-renowned research team housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Medicine. As an Academic Medical Center, we are leading the way in drug development, clinical experimental protocols and cancer prevention studies with the ultimate goal of improving prevention techniques and finding a cure. We focus on a variety of services including:
- Non-malignant (non-cancerous) Hematology
- Malignant (cancerous) Hematology
- Sickle Cell
- Stem Cell Transplant
Stem Cell/ Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Stem cell/blood and bone marrow transplantation is one of the most effective treatments for a variety of malignant and nonmalignant conditions including acute leukemia, chronic leukemia, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aplastic anemia and sickle cell disease. Many patients, otherwise incurable with more conventional therapies, have the potential of being placed in "remission" following a stem cell transplant.
Our physician's sickle cell mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with sickle cell disease and to reduce the morbidity and mortality of the disease through high quality medical care, patient community education and research into new therapies.
The Department of Urology at UI Health offers the most advanced therapies available for urologic cancers, including open and laparoscopic surgery, robot-assisted surgery, radiation therapy (IGRT and IMRT), chemotherapy and combination therapies.
Our comprehensive team focuses on bringing together the best and most complete group of practitioners under one roof. Our team members, many of whom are nationally and internationally known for their dedicated work, include faculty from seven different colleges within the University of Illinois at Chicago. These physicians support and provide expertise in the following Patient Care Oncology Services: Surgical Oncology, Gynecology Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant. If admitted to the hospital with a cancer diagnosis, our oncology nurses will collaborate with the transplant team to provide compassionate care for the patient and patient's family.
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
1740 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Outpatient Care Center:
Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant, Suite 1E
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Suite 1E
Surgical Oncology, Suite 3F
1801 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
To request an appointment please call 866.600.CARE.