The University of Illinois Cancer Center has developed services to address specific needs for our cancer patients. This includes those patients undergoing high risk treatments, childhood survivors of cancer, and women of childbearing age who are interested in preserving their fertility.
Certain genetic predispositions indicate that an individual is at greater risk of inheriting a particular type of cancer. That does not guarantee that an individual will get cancer, but it does raise the risk factor. As a result, it might guide certain screenings, exams or prophylactic behaviors. The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System offers the Familial Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit, for those with a genetic predisposition to cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, and the Familial Breast Cancer Clinic, which helps women who might be at a high risk for breast cancer.
A breast cancer diagnosis is scary, complex and sometimes leaves many questions unanswered. The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System has developed the Center for Breast Care to provide you with a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment for all of your needs.
Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic
The University of Illinois Cancer Survivors Clinic was established in 2009, to provide comprehensive evaluations and care to survivors of childhood cancer. These cancers include acute leukemias, brain tumors, lymphoma, sarcoma, neuroblastoma, Wilm’s Tumor, retinoblastoma and hepatoblastoma, and can affect people from birth to age 30 or older. There are approximately 270,000 survivors in the US, with at least 7,000 living in the Chicagoland area. According to the Childhood Cancer Survivors Survey, approximately 2/3 of the survivors have at least one chronic health condition with ¼ having three to four, some of which can be very serious. The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) has established Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer, which are available here. The University of Illinois Cancer Survivors Clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation based on these guidelines. For an appointment or more information, call 312-966-6145.
Together with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, the Cancer Center is at the forefront of research in understanding the most successful manners of fertility preservation. This includes embryo, egg and ovarian tissue freezing, dependent on factors of cancer diagnosis. Patients are welcome to come in for a consultation and explore their options. Additional information on UI Health Fertility Preservation is available here.