Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Located near the waterfront in downtown Chicago, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of just two comprehensive cancer centers in the state of Illinois recognized by the National Cancer Institute. The facility is part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a highly regarded medical facility associated with Northwestern University.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital was founded in 1972 by the merging of two of Chicago’s oldest hospitals – Passavant Memorial, founded in 1865, and Wesley Memorial, founded in 1888. These hospitals were rooted in Chicago’s Lutheran and Methodist Episcopal deaconess movement, a movement organized in the 1800s by women who wished to provide for the sick and needy. By 1900, both hospitals had grown from makeshift spaces designed for charitable hospital care to modern facilities outfitted not just for caretaking but medical research as well.
Northwestern University’s cancer center was first established in 1974; in 1991, its name was changed to the Lurie Cancer Center to recognize support from Robert H. Lurie, a successful real estate and investment businessman, and his wife Ann. Shortly after Robert Lurie was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at the age of 46, the couple gave an endowment gift to the cancer center and it became known as the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center. The center’s name was altered in 1998 when the National Cancer Institute designated the center as a “comprehensive cancer center.”
Today, the center is affiliated with four teaching hospitals in the Chicago area: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Jesse Brown Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. The Lurie Cancer Center is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a non-profit alliance of 21 cancer centers from all corners of the United States dedicated to providing top patient care.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center and its affiliates treat more than 10,000 new cancer cases each year. Many of these patients are treated on the hospital’s main campus in downtown Chicago, which includes a 32,000-square-foot outpatient facility that was built in 1999 and designed to provide fully integrated care. Much of the center’s research is conducted at a 60,000-square-foot laboratory facility built in April 2005.
Oncologists from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and other affiliated hospitals work together at the Lurie Cancer Center to treat more than 10,000 new cancer cases each year, including individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. Patients are offered an extensive range of treatments and clinical trial options, from conventional options like surgery and chemotherapy to more cutting-edge treatment options that are not yet offered to the public at large. These clinical trials can be beneficial to both the patient and the medical field; the patient may receive access to the newest medical treatments available, while doctors collect valuable information about how the new drugs work. Trials are conducted to find out about side effects of a new drug, to test the effectiveness of a treatment, or to determine long-term effects of the drugs.
In addition to fighting a person’s cancer, the Lurie Cancer Center also offers assistance with the psychological difficulties of the disease. The Supportive Oncology Program – a group of psychologists, social workers, nutritionists and financial counselors – helps patients and their families cope. Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, patients also have access to an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator, who can assist with transportation and lodging throughout diagnosis and treatment.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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