University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center


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.

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Pediatric oncologist and brain tumor expert Charles M. Rubin, MD, describes the diagnosis, treatment and recovery for pediatric brain tumors. Rubin and his colleagues at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago have many years of experience treating children with benign and malignant brain tumors. These experts are involved in important research to understand the biology of pediatric brain tumors with the goal of developing new treatments.

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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.


How do pediatric stem cell transplants work? What conditions can be treated with this therapy? John Cunningham, MD, an internationally known expert in pediatric stem cell transplant and chief of the University of Chicago Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation provides an overview. For more information, visit:


Eloise Orr had plenty on the horizon. As a 20-year-old junior at the University of Illinois in Champaign, she had finals coming up. Then she'd be off to Spain in the fall for a semester abroad. None of those plans included breast cancer.

Nora Jaskowiak, MD, discovered that Orr had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), an early-stage cancer usually limited to the breast duct. But Orr's breast cancer would be anything but limited. In fact, it would threaten her life again and again for the next five years. Eloise Orr looked to Medical Center physicians to tailor a cancer treatment regimen that would not interfere with her life plans.

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Pediatric hematologist/oncologist Jennifer McNeer, MD, provides an introduction to childhood blood disorders, and how these conditions are diagnosed and treated at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. Childhood blood disorders include sickle cell disease, aplastic anemia, thalassemia, hemophilia, immunodeficiency syndromes, and more.


"As soon as I met with him, I knew I was in the right place," said Mary Carlene Shedd, colon cancer survivor who received treatment from Dr. Konstantin Umanskiy at the University of Chicago Medical Center.