Our practice offers consultation and treatment services for cancer (oncology) and non-malignant blood disorders (hematology) at locations throughout the Chicago area. Our practice also include a FACT-accredited outpatient stem cell transplant program located in our Niles office.
Medical Oncology is the treatment of cancer using medicine, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormones. Medical oncologists coordinate and direct a patient's medical care. Your medical oncologist will provide several of the following services:
- Education of patients on their form of cancer and stage development
- Explain patient's treatment options, make recommendations, and work with patients to develop a customized treatment plan that is right for them
- Monitor the care and treatments patients receive
Through its physicians and highly skilled oncology clinical staff, Illinois Cancer Specialists offers quality care for patients battling all types of cancers.
The ICS team works with patients to ensure they are receiving the best, individualized treatment plan possible. We closely monitor each patient's progress and provide education for the various forms of cancer and the temporary side effects of chemotherapy.
Stem Cell Transplant / Bone Marrow Transplant
Our highly trained physicians offer a method of replacing blood-forming cells in the bone marrow. Stem cells are injected into the patient and make healthy blood cells. Often a patient's own blood cells are treated with chemotherapy or radiation. A stem cell transplant may use a patient's own stem cells that were saved before treatment or use stem cells donated by someone else -- a relative or other person.
Stem cell transplantation is part of the treatment for a number of different types of cancer, mostly involving the blood, bone marrow, or lymph system. Illinois Cancer Specialists offers transplant services at its Chicago/Northwestern campus and Niles location.
Illinois Cancer Specialists also provide hematology services which includes evaluation and treatment of diseases related to blood and the generation of blood in the bone marrow. Hematologists study and treat blood cell cancers, notably leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma and lymphoma. They also deal with problems of too many or too few blood cells (such as anemia) and bleeding and clotting disorders.
A Radiation Oncologist is a physician who specializes in treating a wide array of cancers with highly focused x-ray beams. Treatment involves a team approach with coordinated care delivered by your radiation oncologist, radiation therapists, nurses, and physicists. Your care is also closely coordinated with your medical oncologist. Radiotherapy treatments are usually non-invasive, non-surgical, and invisible. The goal of these treatments is to destroy the cancer while simultaneously protecting the body's surrounding, healthy tissues. Daily treatments are brief and typically last only 5-10 minutes.
Illinois Cancer Specialists offers cutting-edge radiation therapy technologies including:
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- 3D conformal radiation treatment planning
- CT treatment planning
- Electron beam therapy for skin cancers