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The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois
Administrative Office: 312.908.5250
Patient Referrals: 866.LURIECC (587.4322)

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Adult Oncology

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University is an NCI-designated, university-based, matrix cancer center conducting a broad range of multidisciplinary clinical, laboratory, and population science research. The Lurie Cancer Center integrates the expertise and resources of the Medical School (Chicago Campus) and its affiliated hospitals along with those of departments located on the University's Evanston Campus. Since it was established in 1974, the Lurie Cancer Center, a department-level entity of the Feinberg School of Medicine, has been dedicated to the process of discovery, advancing medical knowledge, and providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care.

Multidisciplinary Teams

Meet Weekly

  • Breast Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Hepatoma
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Thoracic Oncology

Meet Bi-Weekly

  • Genitourinary Oncology  
  • Neurologic Oncology

Meet Monthly

  • Sarcoma

Special Expertise

Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center

General Information

General Information


Referring Physician Line


Facility & Location

  1. Galter Pavilion
    675 N. St. Clair, 21st floor
    Chicago, IL
  2. Prentice Women's Hospital
    250 E. Superior
    Chicago, IL


312.926.ROOM (7666)
In partnership with many downtown hotels, Northwestern Memorial Hospital assists relatives or friends visiting a patient with finding short-term, discounted accommodations. Financial assistance is available for out-of-area patients. Case management/social workers coordinate financial assistance.


Travel Assistance

Information regarding directions and access to the medical center campus by car or public transportation can be found at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital website - http://www.nmh.org/nm/hospital-guide-public-transportation.

Patients encountering travel or transportation barriers to treatment can be evaluated for assistance by the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Case Management Department – 312.926.2270. American Cancer Society Patient Navigators are also available to assist.


Multidisciplinary Clinics and Programs

Disease Center

Contact Number

Multidisciplinary Clinics

· Gastrointestinal Oncology

· Genitourinary Oncology

· Head and Neck Cancer

· Thoracic Oncology

· Sarcoma

· Hematologic Malignancies


Comprehensive multidisciplinary care for this group of solid tumors and all hematologic malignancies is provided in the Lurie Cancer Center's clinical facilities located in the Galter Pavilion. Information about additional specialty clinics is provided below.

Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care


The Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care provides state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care for women with breast and reproductive system cancers in a setting that respects and addresses each woman's individual needs.

Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center


Integrated with the Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care, the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center coordinates access to state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic imaging, as well as interventional biopsies.

Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute


The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) offers a multidisciplinary approach that involves state-of-the-art technologies, a dynamic research program and a wide range of treatment options in a supportive, compassionate environment.

Comprehensive Liver Cancer Clinic Program


The first of its kind in the Midwest, this multidisciplinary clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer. The clinic team's emphasis is on development of individual treatment guidelines specific to each patient.

Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic


The Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic offers a weekly multidisciplinary approach to patients with cutaneous T or B-cell lymphomas. The group has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous lymphomas offering the latest diagnostic techniques, including sophisticated clone-specific gene scan analysis and comprehensive panels of flow cytometry and immunophenotyping. Cutting edge therapy is tailored to each patient and includes phototherapy, interferon, extracorporeal photopheresis, topical and systemic chemotherapy, retinoids and other biologics.

Specialized Treatment Programs

Stem Cell Transplant Program - 312.926.5400


The following diseases are treated using stem cell transplant:

  • Leukemia, including Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Lymphoma, including Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas, such as Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), and Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Stem cell transplant may also be considered for patients with the following conditions:

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Some solid tumors

There are three types of transplant, based on donor source:

  • Autologous – You are your own donor
  • Allogeneic – Stem cells are donated by another individual. The donor may be a sibling, other family member, or an unrelated individual; related or matched unrelated.
  • Syngeneic – The donor is your identical twin.

Radiation Oncology Center – 312.926.2520
The Department of Radiation Oncology provides therapies that include 3-D conformal radiation, low dose rate and high dose brachytherapy, hyperthermia, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

Cancer Rehabilitation Services Program – 312.283.6100
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago directs the Cancer Rehabilitation Services Program for the Lurie Cancer Center, providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to treat a wide range of short- and long-term impairments that may result from the disease and its treatments.

Northwestern Integrative Medicine (NIM) - 312.926.DOCS (3627)
Northwestern Integrative Medicine offers a full range of complementary and integrative therapies as listed below. A specialized program of Integrative Oncology Services is available for all cancer patients.

NIM offers the following integrated services:

  • Integrative Medicine Consults
  • Primary Care Consults
  • Naturopathic Medicine Functional Nutritional Consults  
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture and Herbal
  • Massage Therapy
  • Chiropractic Services
  • Energy Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Corporate Wellness Program
  • Chronic Pain Treatment – Mind Body Syndrome

Dermatologic Care Center & Pigmented Lesion Clinic – 312.695.8106
The Dermatologic Care Center manages and researches strategies for skin conditions in cancer patients and survivors, as well as skin conditions that occur as a result of anticancer drugs. SERIES (Skin and Eye Reactions to Inhibitors of EFGT and kinases) research program complements the services provided by the Dermatologic Care Center.

The Pigmented Lesion Clinic provides state-of-the-art medical care for individuals with numerous irregular moles, dysplastic moles and melanoma. This program incorporates whole body digital photography, in addition to magnified dermoscopic images of individual moles as a method of monitoring the development of melanoma. Emphasis is also placed on patient education pertaining to sun protection and signs of developing skin cancer. This program offers a comprehensive approach for the early detection and treatment of melanoma.

Fertility Preservation Program – 866.708.3378 (FERT); 312.503.3378 (FERT)
Cancer survival rates have increased steadily in recent years, particularly among younger patients; yet the more aggressive forms of treatment have made this possible often compromise a cancer patient's ability to have biological children in the following years. The Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator works the Lurie Cancer Center physicians and reproductive specialists to help patients explore the issues, understand available options and provide referrals.


Cancer Prevention and Screening

Screening Services

  • Breast cancers: Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center - 312.472.4720
  • Prostate Cancer (including Familial Prostate Cancer Screening): 312.695.4426
  • All other sites: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Physician Services - 312.926.8400

Research-based Screening and Early Detection Programs

In addition to routine screening services for breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer, the Lurie Cancer Center also has research-based screening and early detection programs that include:

  • Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program (312.926.6606)-provides care and services for asymptomatic high risk women with a research focus on development of blood biomarkers for early detection
  • Bluhm Family Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program-provides care and services for asymptomatic high risk women, providing specialized testing including ductal lavage, and/or referral for genetic testing and counseling
  • Familial Prostate Cancer Screening (312.695.4426)-provides free screening in an effort to combat a disease that is the second leading cause of cancer death among men.
  • The Cancer Skin Care Program (312.695.8106)-the first of its kind in the nation designed to treat skin reactions frequently caused by anticancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Community Screening and Education
Community screening and education programs are sponsored by the hospital on an ad hoc basis, often at reduced cost. Included are breast, prostate, gynecologic, colorectal, and skin cancer programs.

Northwestern Integrative Medicine (NIM) - 312.926.DOCS (3627)
Northwestern Integrative Medicine provides tobacco cessation programs (see above for details on NIM).

Supportive Care

Palliative Care Program- 312.926.0001
The Palliative Care Program provides care to patients and family members when pain and other symptoms impair their quality of life. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pastoral counselors, bereavement counselors, volunteers and other healthcare professionals focus on relieving pain and other distressing symptoms of patients with acute or chronic illnesses.

Home Hospice Program – 312.926.4600
Hospice is a philosophy of care that accepts death as the final stage of life. The Lurie Cancer Center's Home Hospice Program assures patients that each day can be enjoyed in physical and emotional comfort. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pastoral counselors, bereavement counselors, volunteers and other healthcare professionals provide holistic home-based support to patients and families.

Pain Service – 312.238.5654
Center for Pain Studies based at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago provides inpatient and outpatient consultation for multidisciplinary pain management.

The Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Center – 312.695.2500
Provides interventional pain management services.

Nutrition Service – Inpatient: 312.926.2298; Outpatient – 312.695.0990
Northwestern Memorial Hospital has registered dieticians available for inpatient care and post-discharge outpatient consultation. The Clinical Cancer Center outpatient facility also has dieticians available for consultation as part of a multidisciplinary Supportive Oncology team.

Support Services

Inpatient Services
Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides a range of support groups for cancer patients, including a general support group and specialized groups for breast and prostate cancers. In addition, the hospital's Department of Case Management comprised of Pastoral Care, Nurse Discharge Planning, and Social Work staff, provides a full range of counseling services for inpatients, including referral for psychiatric evaluation/intervention as needed. For outpatients, the Lurie Cancer Center provides Supportive Oncology care team comprised of a clinical psychologist, social worker, dietician, and palliative care/symptom management nurse.

Outpatient Services – 312.695.0990
A multidisciplinary Supportive Oncology Team at the Lurie Cancer Center is available to provide comprehensive psycho-social care to patients and families. The team includes clinical psychologists, social workers, dieticians and a health educator, as well a psychiatry team, including a psychiatrist and an advanced practice nurse. The services of American Cancer Society Patient Navigators and an Oncofertility Navigator are also integrated with the Supportive Oncology Team.

Patient and Public Education
A wide range of patient and public education programs are sponsored by the Lurie Cancer Center each year typically focused in specific disease areas. The Lurie Cancer Center web site, www.cancer.northwestern.edu, provides information for patients on an ongoing basis, and an extensive Health Learning Center is also available on site, providing a comprehensive range of print and video resources for cancer patients. A Health Learning Center Satellite, which is staffed by a full time patient educator, is located in the outpatient clinical cancer care facility.

Survivorship and Advocacy Programs
• The Lurie Cancer Center also has a Patient Advocacy Committee comprised of survivors and key staff to provide input on a wide range of programs and activities. In addition, the Lurie Cancer Center's signature event is the Cancer Survivors' Walk and Celebration, on the first Sunday in June. This event annually draws approximately 4,000 participants and serves as a major means of recognizing survivors and raising public awareness about cancer risk. Additional information is available at www.cancer.northwestern.edu.

STAR Program (Late Effects Clinic) – 312.695.4979
• The Lurie Cancer Center sponsors the STAR (Survivors Taking Action and Responsibility) Program for long-term survivors of pediatric cancer. This unique multi-disciplinary clinic is staffed by an internal medicine physician, clinical psychologist, and advanced practice nurse. The entire team has a primary focus on health maintenance and surveillance and patient education. Primary care services are provided with special emphasis on cardiac, endocrine, orthopedic, and psychosocial late effects, as well as monitoring for second malignancies.

SUCCEED Program (Breast Cancer Survivorship) – 312.472.4720
• The Breast Cancer Survivors Comprehensive Care, Empowerment and Education Program (SUCCEED) addresses the problems that many breast cancer survivors face including infertility due to premature failure, hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, lymphedema, neuropathy, cardiac dysfunction, depression, cognitive impairment, sleep disorders and metabolic syndrome. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nutritionists, exercise therapists, psychologists and others work with each survivor to provide education and comprehensive care. Patients referred to the program receive a “survivorship care plan” and will follow up annually with SUCCEED, in addition to their surgical and medical oncology team.

SOAR Program (SENIOR Oncology Outcomes, Advocacy, and Research) – 312.695.4525 (Ask for SOAR)

  • SOAR is a cancer survivorship program specifically tailored to older individuals and focused on improving health-related quality of life and overall health outcomes. The program includes comprehensive clinical and social assessments (home environment, support system, family dynamics, and community resources) to guide follow up care and recommendations for optimal adjustment to cancer treatment by considering the unique needs and challenges of older adults who are being treated for cancer.

Cooperative Group Membership

Cooperative Group Membership List

  • Alliance
  • NRG (GOG and RTOG)
  • SWOG
  • COG


Activities in Cooperative Group

Leadership in ECOG / ACRIN

Average Number of Adult Clinical Trials

220 therapeutic trials

170 non-therapeutic trials

Clinical and Research Efforts

Adult Oncology Program*

No. of Inpatient Beds (Medical/Surgical)

No. of Admissions

Average Length of Stay (days)

No. of New Outpatients

No. of Oncologists (Medical and Surgical)

90 – Hematology/Oncology      48 – Surgical




40 - Heme/Onc

8 - Rad. Onc.

49 - Surg. Onc.

6 - Inter. Radiology

Hematology/Oncology + Scattered Surgical Oncology





*FY08 (9/1/11-8/31/12)