Adult Cancer Care
The patient always comes first at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. We assess the individual needs of our patients and offer specialized treatments, state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care. We treat all types of cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung, renal and pancreatic cancers, as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Gynecologic cancer care is offered nearby in Pavilion A, just a short walk from our main outpatient location at Silver Cross Hospital.
Access to Clinical Trials of Innovative Therapies
Clinical trials are a cornerstone of the advanced care offered at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. Our patients have access to investigational therapies under study at the University of Chicago Medicine campus, where Illinois' largest number of cancer clinical trials is available.
Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include the following:
With chemotherapy, a specific combination of drugs is given to target cancer cells in the body. Chemotherapy is most commonly administered through an IV infusion, but it is sometimes taken as pills or injections. It can be given before or after surgery, together with radiation, or all on its own. Since every patient’s situation is unique, the time it takes for chemotherapy varies.
At the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, chemotherapy and other infusion treatments are provided on site in a comfortable setting staffed by specially trained cancer nurses.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to target cancer cells in a specific part of the body. At the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, our expert radiation oncology team uses the new-generation Truebeam system to deliver a range of radiotherapy treatments. » Learn more about our radiation oncology expertise
Many patients come to our office for treatment before or after having surgery to remove a tumor or cancer cells. If you need surgery, our team works closely with your surgeon to ensure comprehensive care. Our physicians coordinate care with their surgical colleagues at Silver Cross Hospital, the University of Chicago Medicine main campus, as well as many other hospitals.
With some cancers, particularly lymphoma, certain immunotherapy medications are given together with chemotherapy treatment to help boost the immune system in fighting the cancer.
Hormonal therapy often is given after breast or prostate cancer treatment to help lower the chances of a recurrence.
Stem Cell Transplant
Stem cell transplantation (also referred to as bone marrow transplantation or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation) is a treatment for some cancers and blood diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease. The goal of stem cell transplant is to eradicate cancer and restore a damaged immune system by introducing healthy stem cells. The new stem cells restore the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow, thus creating a new immune system in the patient's body. Stem cell transplantation requires a hospital stay and is performed at our main location in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
Cancer treatment may affect the ability to become pregnant or father a child. University of Chicago reproductive endocrinologist David P. Cohen, MD, an expert in cancer fertility preservation, is available to help patients understand the options, and to offer embryo, egg and sperm freezing (cryopreservation) and other strategies before cancer treatment to preserve fertility.
Anne R. McCall, MD
Associate Professor, Radiation and Cellular Oncology
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
Sunil Narula, MD
Brooke E. Phillips, MD
Lawrence E. Schilder, DO
Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology