Oncology (Cancer Services)
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.
Breast Cancer Center
The Breast Cancer Center provides dedicated services for the evaluation and treatment of women with breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Center 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).
Our OBGYN specialists have substantial expertise diagnosing and treating gynecologic cancers, including:
- Cervical cancer: begins with abnormal microscopic changes to cells in the cervix epithelium, the surface skin layer of the cervix.
- Fallopian-tube cancer: this very rare malignancy develops from cells inside the fallopian tubes (the two passageways between the ovaries and the uterus).
- Ovarian cancer: most common among women after age 65, ovarian cancer refers to any malignant tumor that begins in the ovaries.
- Uterine cancer: most prevalent cancer of the female reproductive tract and accounts for 13 percent of all cancers in women.
- Vaginal cancer: occurs when cancer cells develop in the tissues of the vagina, the passage connecting the cervix (the opening of the uterus or womb) with the vulva (the external genitalia).
- Vulvar cancer: malignancy of the vulva, the external genital area of a woman's reproductive system.
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.
Familial Breast Cancer Program (Genetic Program)
The Familial Breast Cancer Program (FBCP) is designed to identify, counsel, and manage individuals at high risk for breast, ovarian, and other related cancers due to an inherited predisposition. We provide the information you need to make informed choices, assess your cancer risk and change your future. A visit with the FBCP team is a comprehensive consultation. Your consultation will include visits with a genetic counselor and a breast medical oncologist. During your visit, you can learn about your risk for developing breast, ovarian, and other related cancers. If appropriate, we will review genetic testing options and what each type of result would mean for you and your family. One goal of this evaluation is to help you learn what steps you can take to lower your risk of developing certain types of cancer. At the conclusion of your visits with us, you will have an individualized cancer care plan that includes recommendations for screening and risk reduction, including medical and surgical options.
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/ Bone Marrow Transplantation
Stem cell/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 stem cell transplant team approaches each case with the following goals in mind:
- To significantly increase the survival and improve the quality of life of patients with hematological disorders.
- To limit the complications that may occur during and after a stem cell transplant due to drug toxicities, infections, or graft versus host disease (GVDH) by a multidisciplinary clinical approach to the patients, safe and updated technologies for stem cell manipulation, and continuous training of the transplant staff.
- To extend our approach to patients with other diseases, such as solid tumors, who are not eligible for a standard transplant because of their age or clinical conditions.
- To develop and improve strategies for using alternative stem cell donor sources.
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. Our services include:
• Diagnosing & consultations
• Newborn screening confirmation
• Genetic counseling-family, group, individual
• Emergency & urgent assessments
• Primary medical care
• Infusion & transfusion therapy
• Social services
• Psychosocial services
• Education for family, group, individual
• Professional and community education
• Support Groups-pediatric and adult
• Access to national research studies
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.