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hematologic oncology

Hematologic oncology

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The Stem Cell Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, provides standard-of-care and advanced medical therapies, including stem cell transplantation, for patients with blood-related diseases, such as:

Our hematologic oncology team has expertise in diagnosing and treating hematologic diseases using sophisticated therapies and technologies, delivered through a personalized approach and customized to meet your needs.

When receiving treatment for a hematologic malignancy, you and your family are cared for by a multidisciplinary care team through the many phases of your care. Depending on your specific needs, and based on your individualized treatment plan, your care team may include a hematologic oncologist, nurse care manager and a pharmacist. Your team may also include a bone marrow transplant physician and transplant coordinator. You will also have access to an array of supportive care providers, such as a dietitian, naturopathic support team member and others who are focused on helping you manage side effects, recover from treatment and improve your quality of life. 

Stem cell transplantation

If a stem cell transplant is a necessary part of your treatment plan, the Stem Cell Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program at CTCA® Chicago offers a comprehensive array of therapies and transplantation services, including autologous, allogeneic, haplo-identical, cord blood transplantation and adoptive immunotherapies.

CTCA Chicago offers a wide spectrum of transplantation services and advanced treatment options for hematologic cancers. These treatments are combined with integrative therapies to help manage your pain and keep you and your family strong throughout your journey.

A stem cell transplant may be used to infuse healthy stem cells into the body to stimulate new bone marrow growth, suppress the disease and reduce the possibility of a relapse. Stem cells can be drawn from the bone marrow, circulating blood (peripheral blood stem cells) and umbilical cord blood.

For patients who need a stem cell transplant, our Stem Cell Unit includes an outpatient clinic, infusion center and inpatient rooms. When you first visit the hospital, you’ll meet with the hematologic oncology team. Your doctor will review your medical records and determine whether you need additional diagnostic testing, such as lab work or imaging tests.

The hematologic oncology team will care for you throughout your treatment. You’ll stay in one of our private, inpatient rooms and receive around-the-clock monitoring and care. We'll do everything possible to see that you and your family are comfortable throughout your stay.

Your care team will likely include a hematologic oncologist, bone marrow transplant physician, dietitian, naturopathic support team member, nurse care manager, pharmacist and transplant coordinator. You will also have access to supportive care providers focused on helping you manage side effects and support your overall well-being.

CTCA Chicago is a member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and an approved NMDP Transplant and Collection Center. To learn more about the NMDP or for more information about becoming a donor or finding a match, visit the Be The Match website or call 800-MARROW-2 (800-627-7692).

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“We are constantly looking for the best therapy for treating each patient and his or her particular disease,” says Istvan Redee, MD, Director of the Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy Program at CTCA Chicago. "We monitor each patient’s treatment to see how he or she is responding. Depending on how the patient responds, we may modify the treatment to find the one that improves that patient’s chances for fighting the disease.”

Istvan Redei - Chief, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation, Department of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®

Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy Program accreditation

CTCA Chicago is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), which is the threshold for excellence in cellular therapy, including bone marrow or cord blood transplantation.

FACT, an internationally recognized accrediting body for hospitals and medical institutions that perform stem cell transplants, recognizes excellence by facilities that meet rigorous standards, including those on clinical care, donor management, apheresis collection, processing, storage, transportation, autologous administration and cell release.

 

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Meet the CTCA Chicago hematologic oncology physicians

Istvan Redei - Chief, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation, Department of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®

Istvan Redei

Director, Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy Program, CTCA Chicago

Syed A. Abutalib - Assistant Director, Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program, Hematologist & Medical Oncologist

Syed A. Abutalib

Assistant Director, Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program, CTCA Chicago

Syed Haider - Hematologist & Medical Oncologist

Syed Haider

Hematologist & Medical Oncologist, CTCA Chicago