With tertiary-level capabilities for diagnosing and treating a full spectrum of malignancies, the Cancer Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center offers standard therapies and the newest protocols for adults and adolescents with leukemias, lymphomas and multiple melanomas. Our interdisciplinary hematology-oncology program features experienced hematologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, certified oncology nurses and pathologists, as well as support specialists to help patients cope with the side effects of treatments.
Accurate diagnosis of hematological malignancies is complicated. Generally described as cancers of the blood cells and lymphatic system, these malignancies come in many types and subtypes: acute versus chronic, lymphocytic versus myelogenous, localized versus metastasized and other distinguishing characteristics. That's why comprehensive diagnostics is so crucial for defining the type of disease down to its molecular structure, genetic characteristics, cellular behavior and degree of progression. Details revealed through complex analysis in our pathology lab, plus radiology scans from computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) or other imaging technologies are vital for customizing the most appropriate treatment plan for every patient.
Despite the complexity of diagnostics, our experienced pathologists can determine the exact type of lymphoma within two hours of biopsy. We're even able to identify pre-cancerous conditions such as myelodysplastic syndrome-so we can treat it early and lower one's risk of developing leukemia.
Access To Latest Clinical Trials
As a member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), a national clinical research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, Christ Medical Center offers patients investigational drug protocols. Our team also draws from a multitude of established chemotherapies and immunotherapies to address these diseases. With patient safety always top of mind, dedicated oncology pharmacists are on-site at all times to carefully monitor patients' response before and during chemotherapy and other drug therapy sessions.
State-of-the-Art Radiation Therapies
When radiation therapy is recommended as an adjunct to drug therapy, Christ Medical Center features virtually every technology available in the rapidly expanding field of radiation oncology. State-of-the-art radiation therapies target cancerous lymph nodes and tumors that have spread to organs with outstanding precision, destroying cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue nearby.
At Advocate Christ Medical Center, patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related conditions benefit from the synthesis of complex diagnostics, leading-edge treatment options, experienced hematology-oncology specialists, and a team committed to providing compassionate and effective care.