University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

Senior clinical social worker Barbara Passman plays a key role in helping patients acclimate to the breast cancer care process. She answers questions and helps ease fears.

Social workers focus holistically -- not only the problems and the weaknesses, but also on the strengths, that can empower people to help themselves. Barbara can help patients feel comfortable in a complex medical center and help them acknowledge their questions and fears. She helps patients to feel as though they are equal partners on a team and encourages them to communicate with their physicians.

Barbara helps patients navigate through the choices they are facing and to cope with all the financial and family adjustments following a breast cancer diagnosis. She focuses on each patient as an individual and provides support tailored to their needs.


In this video, two highly skilled breast cancer surgeons talk about what makes the the University of Chicago Medical Center a special place. Featuring Nora Jaskowiak, MD, director of the University of Chicago Breast Center, and David Song, MD, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Together the University of Chicago Medical Center and our Cancer Research Center are changing the lives of those touched by cancer and spreading hope all over the world. Learn more at


Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, talks about research ongoing to make stem cell transplants possible and safe for more patients. Godley also talks about an upcoming reunion of stem cell transplant patients to be held at the Medical Center in mid-April 2010.

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This video is part of a recurring feature on the ScienceLife blog where a University of Chicago Medical Center expert will address - in a series of short Q&A-style videos - frequently asked questions about a popular medical topic. These videos accompany stories posted on the blog, and are meant to offer clear, accurate information about common diseases and the accepted medical treatments currently available.


Janet Rowley, MD, sparked a revolution in cancer genetics and continues to shape the field of personalized medicine today. Rowley and her fellow University of Chicago colleagues, Michelle LeBeau, PhD, director, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; Vinay Kumar, MBBS, MD, chair, Department of Pathology; and Richard Schilsky, MD, chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology; talk about this groundbreaking research and current advances in targeted therapy for cancer care.


It's all about you, helping you understand and helping you heal.

If you've been told you need surgery, the physicians at the University of Chicago Medical Center can help. Our teams of expert surgeons have access to the latest research and most advanced technology. From complex brain or open-heart operations to simple outpatient procedures, our surgeons offer the latest advances in care for adults and children.

Let your healing begin with understanding.

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If a child has cancer, what is the risk for cancer in other children and family members? Kenan Onel, MD, PhD, talks about how the Familial Cancer Clinic at Comer Children's Hospital helps families assess the risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. If family members have an increased risk of cancer, clinic experts develop individualized action plans to reduce cancer risk.


When Tony Palumbo was diagnosed with lung cancer and told it was incurable, he turned to UChicago Medicine for a second opinion. Our physicians agreed that surgery was not an option, but offered another approach. Palumbo is now cancer-free. Read more about Tony's story at:


We created this video for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center to help them raise awareness in order to achieve breakthroughs in the fight against this debilitating disease. ----------- What is the future of cancer care? Well, it's no longer determined solely by the location of the tumor -- the old "one size fits all" approach. No, the future of cancer care lays in personalized medicine -- tailoring treatment based on the unique environmental, social and biological factors -- including genetics -- of each cancer. The future of cancer is NOW at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center! Recognized as 1 of only 41 leading National Cancer Institute-designated centers, we have been at the forefront of cancer care and discovery since the 1970's. That's when the brilliant, tireless and internationally-known Dr. Janet D. Rowley discovered a vital breakthrough in understanding the relationship between cancer and genetics -- a game changer that led to finding key genetic mutations in every type of cancer. And Dr.