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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) provides cancer care at two Chicago locations. CTCA® Chicago is a comprehensive cancer treatment hospital located in Zion, Illinois, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. At our Chicago hospital, experienced doctors, Magnet®-recognized nurses and other clinicians work together in one location, providing integrative cancer treatment tailored to each patient. At our CTCA Outpatient Care Center in Downtown Chicago, located in the Streeterville neighborhood, our cancer experts offer patients in and around Chicago convenient access to personalized cancer care, including CyberKnife® radiosurgery technology. At each of our locations, we have experts with years of experience and training in treating common, rare and complex cancers. Our expertise comes from working exclusively with cancer patients.


CTCA Chicago
2520 Elisha Ave.
Zion, Illinois 60099
New Patients: 888-552-6760
Existing Patients: (847) 510-CTCA 

Downtown Chicago
Outpatient Care Center
160 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
New Patients: 888-552-6760
Existing Patients: (312) 667-CTCA

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CTCA highlights

Outpatient Care Center serving patients in Downtown Chicago

Liv ArnoldLocated in the heart of Downtown Chicago, in the Streeterville neighborhood, CTCA Outpatient Care Center offers patients in and around Chicago convenient access to personalized cancer care and state-of-the-art technologies, including CyberKnife radiosurgery. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or you are seeking a second opinion, CTCA offers expertise that comes with working exclusively with cancer patients.

With the same commitment to patient-centered care delivered at our hospital in Chicago, our downtown location provides consultations, second opinions, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and other cancer care services.

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Meet with an expert


Having to wait or delay getting answers about your recent cancer diagnosis may add needless stress and anxiety to your life. For that reason, we have created a program that allows qualifying patients to meet with a cancer expert in as little as 24 hours.

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Our Breast and Lung Cancer Centers

Teams of experts under one roof, focused on individual cancer types

Breast center of excellence
Lung Center

At its heart, a "center" is the focal point for a key mission or purpose. At CTCA, that mission is to provide individualized, whole-person care to our patients, and our cancer experts understand the value of focusing on one specific cancer type. That's why CTCA created its centers model, which brings together multidisciplinary teams of doctors and other clinicians with expertise in treating specific cancer types. Both the CTCA Breast Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Center in Chicago reflect our deep commitment to delivering advanced treatment options to patients fighting a complex disease.

Experts on what's available now, and what's on the horizon for each cancer type, the centers clinicians collaborate daily. This close coordination helps them reach a diagnosis more efficiently and recommend an individualized care plan, so you can make an educated decision about your treatment. Knowing that fighting cancer is only part of the battle, your centers care team may also suggest various evidence-supported care services to help you manage the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Each patient's team is coordinated by a care manager, who helps you handle the details and responds to your questions as they arise.

Why we are different

At CTCA, you are surrounded by a team of doctors focused only on treating cancer, which allows you to explore cutting-edge options with a sense of urgency and a comprehensive, personalized approach. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, or are already undergoing treatment, and you are exploring your options, the oncology experts at CTCA Chicago have the training and experience to recommend an individualized care plan designed to treat your cancer and help you manage related side effects, so you can get back to your life.

Each patient is assigned a multidisciplinary care team, led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager, who answers your questions, manages your treatment schedule and assists in the logistics involved in the cancer journey.

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Clinical trials

CTCA Chicago is committed to bringing our patients new and innovative cancer treatment options. One way we do that is through our clinical research program. Our clinical trials explore new treatment options that may lead to tomorrow’s medicine and offer patients treatments that may not otherwise be available to them.

These studies are an essential testing ground for measuring the effectiveness of drugs and other treatments before they can be granted FDA approval.

Patient participation also provides researchers with important data to test the trials’ hypothesis, such as whether new immunotherapy drugs are safe and effective when used with chemotherapy. Your care team will work with you to determine if you are a candidate for one of our ongoing clinical trials and, if so, our clinicians will help you enroll.

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The TAPUR study


The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is a clinical trial that aims to improve our understanding of how commercially available anti-cancer drugs perform on a broader range of cancers, by matching the drugs to tumors with specific genomic mutations that the drugs are designed to target. CTCA® enrolls qualified patients at all five of our hospitals.

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Clinical experts

At CTCA, we treat cancer, and only cancer. Our experts recognize that your cancer is unique to you, requiring an individualized approach to cancer treatment. Our doctors and clinicians have access to current technologies and advanced treatment options to accurately diagnose and aggressively treat your cancer. The specialists on our staff are cancer experts with advanced training in their fields, which includes oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, hematology, genetic and genomic testing, imaging, interventional radiology, pathology, emergency medicine and dozens of other medical disciplines.

We bring together, conventional cancer treatments and supportive therapies, delivered simultaneously by a collaborative team of clinicians that are customized to our patient’s personalized goals and health needs.

Your cancer care team will be led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager. Depending on your needs, it may also include surgical and radiation oncologists, registered nurses, licensed dietitians, naturopathic oncology providers, mind-body therapists, pain management physicians, physical therapists and/or spiritual support providers.

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Clinician spotlight

Julian Schink

As Chief of Gynecologic Oncology for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and Medical Director of Gynecologic and Medical Oncology for CTCA Chicago, Dr. Julian Schink is dedicated to caring for patients and advancing the treatment of gynecologic malignancies. He provides surgery and chemotherapy treatments for patients with gynecologic cancers, including ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer and gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.

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Meet the gynecologic oncology team

State-of-the-art treatments

CTCA is committed to delivering a standard of care that includes advanced treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to aggressively treat all types of cancer, with treatments personalized to each patient’s specific needs.

Our patient-centered model is designed to personalize cancer care for each individual patient. Having a dedicated team may offer a number of benefits, including speed of care, individualized treatment, better communication among your doctors, patient empowerment and coordination of care.

The surgical oncology program at CTCA Chicago, for example, offers a wide range of tools to treat breast, thoracic and head and neck cancers, with plastic and reconstructive surgery options available to help patients restore their function, appearance and sense of normalcy after tumor-removal operations.

Minimally invasive procedures such as robotic and laparoscopic surgeries are also available when medically appropriate, as are targeted drug therapies and immunotherapy options in treating a number of cancers. Patients who meet certain qualifications, especially those with breast or lung cancer, may benefit from genomic tumor profiling or genetic tests that measure inherited risk factors.

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Lymphedema management


Advanced, microsurgical procedures are available to help breast cancer patients manage and potentially reverse the swelling and pain associated with lymphedema.

Learn more about surgical options for the treatment of lymphedema

Learn about our Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™


Team approach

At CTCA, our doctors and clinicians work in unison to deliver personalized, comprehensive cancer care.

Each CTCA patient has a team of cancer experts assigned to his or her care—some devoted to treating the cancer, others focusing on combating side effects.

Because all these doctors and clinicians work together in one location, they collaborate regularly with one another, and individually with the patient, to design a personalized plan, monitor patient progress and make adjustments when necessary.

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Integrative Care

Integrative Cancer Care

To help prevent treatment delays or interruptions, your care team may suggest evidence-informed supportive therapies to help you manage side effects, boost your immune system and maintain your strength throughout treatment.

Watch our video to learn more about managing cancer-related side effects


joint commissionCTCA Chicago is accredited by The Joint Commission with Full Standards Compliance. This accreditation is awarded to a health care organization that demonstrates satisfactory compliance with applicable Joint Commission standards in all performance areas.

Our hospital is also accredited by several other renowned health care organizations, including:

  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
  • Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™ (NQMBC)
  • Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification (QOPI®)
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACS)

View a complete list of our accreditations

Magnet® Recognized

CTCA Chicago is among the fewer than 9 percent of hospitals across the nation that have earned Magnet Recognition.

The Magnet Recognition Program®, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognizes health care organizations that provide the best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice.

The ANCC program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the benchmark for measuring quality of care.

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