Prostate Cancer: Know Your Options

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before. Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries, and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization whose mission is to unrelentingly invest in, mobilize, and unite our community to discover a

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before. Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is

CDC Reports Liver Cancer Death Rates Rise 43 Percent

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading national public health institute of the United States, liver cancer death rates have increased 43 percent. Although the mortality rate for all cancers combined has declined over 25 years, the age-adjusted liver cancer death rate for U.S. adults 25 and

Chicago HOPE Summit

One of our radiation oncologists, Gaurav Marwaha, M.D., will be speaking about the rapidly growing role of stereotactic body radiation therapy for lung cancer this weekend at the Chicago HOPE Summit, a survivorship conference that educates, empowers, and creates a community of support for lung cancer survivors.

Dr. Chowdhary Talks About Prostate Cancer on WJOB

Watch Dr. Mudit Chowdhary of Rush RadioSurgery talk about prostate cancer with Jim Dedelow on JED in The Region on WJOB. If you, or a loved one, have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and have questions please speak to our staff today!

Cancer Care is a Team Effort

 When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people.  Treatment at our center means that you are not alone in the fight. Cancer treatments are rapidly advancing and having a research focused team of radiation oncologists enables us to bring you the most up-to-date approaches to fighting your specific cancer. In cancer

UV Rays and Skin Cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.  The goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Radiation is the emission of energy from any source, and there are many types of radiation. 

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

Rush Radiosurgery Participates in Brain Tumor Awareness Day

Rush Radiosurgery recently participated in Brain Tumor Awareness Day.  The event, which was hosted by the Rush University Medical Center Neuro-Oncology department, was in honor of May being National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. At the event, patients and their friends and family members, community residents, etc., were able to learn about the educational and social

Women’s Health and Cancer

During the month of May, we spotlight women’s health by celebrating National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.  The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.  The week also serves as a time

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.  The month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and April 8 – 15, 2018 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.  These cancers typically

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless

Rush Radiosurgery Volunteers at the Illinois Medical District Guest House

Staff from the radiation oncology department at Rush University Medical Center recently volunteered at the Illinois Medical District Guest House. IMD Guest House provides the comforts of home and the care of community to outpatients and the families of patients who must seek treatment away from home through convenient and affordable temporary lodging.  IMD Guest

Rush Radiosurgery Second Opinion radio spot

When it comes to cancer, there are numerous treatment options. Rush Radiosurgery uses radiation therapy to treat many different types of cancers. Key advantages of radiation therapy include five or fewer outpatient treatment sessions, no surgery is required, and treatment is pain-free. If you, or a loved one, have recently been diagnosed with cancer and

Rush Radiosurgery Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The physicians, physicists, nursing team, and support staff at Rush Radiosurgery recently celebrated their five year anniversary. The center commemorated the milestone by hosting an open house in the radiation oncology department of Rush University Medical Center on Wednesday, May 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event had a good turnout with members of

Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week

National Acoustic Neuroma Awareness Week is May 7 – 13, 2017. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about acoustic neuroma (AN), a slow-growing benign tumor of the vestibular cochlear nerve that connects the ear to the brain.  This nerve has two distinct parts, one part associated with transmitting sound and the other with sending

Gaurav Marwaha, M.D. Presents at Alliance Oncology’s Annual Division Meeting

Gaurav Marwaha, M.D., radiation oncologist at Rush Radiosurgery, was a guest speaker at Alliance Oncology’s 2017 Division Meeting. The annual meeting was held April 12 – 14 at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The title of Dr. Marwaha’s presentation was “21st Century Lung Cancer Management: Catching Up to Technology.”  Dr. Marwaha, who specializes

Rush Radiosurgery Participates in Lung Run Event

On September 17, team members from Rush Radiosurgery participated in the 12th annual Chicago Lung Run.  The 10K/5K run or 1 mile walk and rally started at 8:30 a.m. on the city’s beautiful lakefront at Montrose Harbor.  The Chicago Lung Run is held each year in support of lung cancer survivors and their families, and

Treating Brain Lesions in the Age of Linac Radiosurgery

Rush Radiosurgery recently had an article published in Radiosurgery Today, the annual magazine published by Alliance Oncology, the nationwide leader in radiation oncology and radiosurgery programs.   The article, titled “Treating Brain Lesions in the Age of Linac Radiosurgery,” is about how advances in linear accelerator technology, including 3-D imaging, high dose delivery rates and

Study Says Lung Cancer Survival Increases Sharply If Caught Early

According to a recent study in England, increased screening to identify and monitor people at high risk for lung cancer could increase their chance for five-year survival by nearly three-quarters.  Researchers at the University of Liverpool suggest leaders in Britain set up a national screening program to catch more lung cancer earlier, with the hope

Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.  It is a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing those who have survived cancer, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading national public health institute

Brain Tumors

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  According to the National Brain Tumor Society, who is committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, more than 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.  A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or

Rush Radiosurgery Celebrates Red Nose Day

On May 26, the physicians and staff at Rush Radiosurgery celebrated Red Nose Day.  Red Nose Day is a global campaign to raise awareness and money for impoverished children across the world.  According to the Red Nose Day website, “Red Nose Day is the day in the US when people across the land can get

Rush Radiosurgery Participates in Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K

Recently, Rush Radiosurgery, along with the Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery departments from Rush University Medical Center, participated in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k Run & Walk.  The annual event was held on Sunday, April 24, on the stadium green at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.   Breakthrough for Brain Tumors

Liver Cancer is on the Rise in the United States

The percentage of Americans developing liver cancer has been rising slowly for several decades.  The American Cancer Society estimates that about 35,660 new cases (25,510 in men and 10,150 in women) will be diagnosed in the United States in 2015 and about 24,550 people (17,030 men and 7,520 women) will die of these cancers.  Several

Study Finds CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives

A study recently published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the official journal of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, found that false-positive findings for CT-based screening for lung cancer were uncommon.  The results of the study is good news because even though CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Rush Radiosurgery Welcomes Gaurav Marwaha, M.D. to Staff

Rush Radiosurgery announced that Gaurav Marwaha, M.D. has joined their cancer care treatment team and will be offering radiation oncology services to patients throughout Chicago and the surrounding communities.  Gaurav Marwaha, M.D. received his medical doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He completed his residency in radiation oncology at

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Treating Lung Cancer with TrueBeam™ STx Technology

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States and causes more deaths than colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined.  An estimated 158,040 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2015, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: How TrueBeam STx Can Help

November is designated as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and promote education, prevention and treatment for the disease that has one of the lowest survival rates of all known cancers. Treatment for pancreatic cancer can be a curative or palliative approach involving surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these

Top 5 Benefits of TrueBeam STx

Rush Radiosurgery offers a specialized form of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery to treat cancers in the head, neck and body. This treatment is administered with the advanced TrueBeam™ STx technology, a state-of-the-art radiosurgery system that treats tumors with high-dose radiation precisely matched to the size and shape of the tumor. Treatment with TrueBeam STx

Lung Cancer Retreatment: The Role of TrueBeam STx

At Rush Radiosurgery we see a number of lung cancer patients who require retreatment for lung tumors after previously undergoing initial treatment with other forms of therapy. For patients with recurrent lung tumors, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has the unique ability to retreat isolated tumor sites with TrueBeam™ STx technology. During treatment, high dose

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness: Signs and Symptoms

In recognition of National Trigeminal Awareness Day on October 7, Rush Radiosurgery aims to highlight this rare nerve condition, as it is one of several non-cancerous conditions we treat with stereotactic radiosurgery. Trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, is a condition of the trigeminal nerve and is characterized by excruciating pain in the facial region. Due to

Rush University Medical Center Ranked Nationally by US News and World Report

The U.S. News and World Report recently analyzed data from nearly 5,000 hospitals around the country for their 25th edition of Best Hospital Rankings. Based on results from patient satisfaction data, Rush Radiosurgery’s hospital partner, Rush University Medical Center was ranked nationally in nine different specialties including cancer care, and ranked second best hospital in

Video: How is Radiation Therapy Used to Treat Lung Cancer

Rush Radiosurgery uses a specialized, advanced form of radiation therapy to treat lung cancer patients called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). In the video below, our center’s radiation oncologist Dr. David Sher gives an informative overview of how this specific treatment method is used to treat lung cancer and how it benefits patients. This is not

Influential Lung Cancer Bloggers

Whether it’s you or a loved one, a lung cancer diagnosis can be a scary and intimidating time. However, for lung cancer patients and families seeking support, the best insights often come from survivors and others who have experienced the disease firsthand. Online blogs have become a valuable resource for patients who wish to connect

Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment with TrueBeam STx

The treatment process at Rush Radiosurgery is focused on the patient as we aim to provide the best experience possible. If you are preparing for TrueBeam™ STx treatment for lung cancer, here are a few steps to take to ensure you are completely comfortable before treatment begins. Ask questions – As your physician talks through

Research: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

When investigating different lung cancer treatment options for you or a loved one, clinical research can help you understand long-term effects and outcomes for lung cancer patients. Below is an overview of the latest research, highlighting efficacy of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung cancer: Virginia Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital shared results

CT Scanning for Lung Cancer Recommendation Made Final

A final recommendation statement related to lung cancer screenings has been issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The recommendation suggests annual low-dose CT scans for current and former smokers ages 55 and over. Former smokers are defined as those who quit within the past 15 years. The USPSTF is an independent panel

ACS-SU2C Announce First Collaborative Grant Focused on Lung Cancer

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) have recently teamed up in an effort to fight cancer in the United States. The two organizations announced their first collaboration is a $20 million research initiative called the “Dream Team” focused on developing new therapies for lung cancer. Many have regarded the alliance

Video: Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic at Rush

Our center’s hospital partner, Rush University Medical Center offers a comprehensive lung cancer clinic as a unique resource for patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer. At The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Lung Cancer Clinic, patients are able to have their concerns addressed and receive a treatment plan designed by multiple specialists all in one day through

Treating Metastatic Lung Cancer

Metastatic lung cancer occurs when cancer cells break away from a primary tumor in the lung and travel to other parts of the body through the blood or lymph system. Although it’s possible for lung cancer to metastasize to many different parts of the body, it most commonly spreads to the other lung, adrenal gland,

Treatment Comparison: TrueBeam STx versus Proton Therapy

When seeking advanced treatment options for prostate cancer, patients may compare stereotactic radiosurgery and proton therapy. While both are known for their precision and minimal side effects, each targets the tumor differently. At Rush Radiosurgery, TrueBeam STx® technology performs stereotactic body radiation therapy. During treatment, high doses of radiation are delivered to tumors with sub-millimeter

Stages of Lung Cancer

As the second most common type of cancer in men and women, lung cancer accounts for about 13 percent of all new cancer diagnoses according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection of lung cancer is ideal for prognosis and survival, however many first symptoms of the disease such as coughing and fatigue are unfortunately

Gamma Knife vs. TrueBeam STx for Brain Tumors

One of Rush Radiosurgery’s many focus areas is the treatment of brain tumors using TrueBeam STx® technology, an advanced machine that treats tumors with high-dose radiation delivered with sub-millimeter accuracy. When facing a brain tumor diagnosis, it’s important to understand different treatment options in order to make the best decision for your case. Read below

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Typical versus Atypical

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare nerve disorder that causes painful and often debilitating symptoms in the face and jaw region. Depending on the type of TN, patients with the condition may experience unpredictable burning or shock-like sensations often mistaken for a dental problem. Only in recent decades has TN been recognized as two different

Video: TrueBeam STx Brain Tumor Treatment Overview

For brain tumor patients who are not candidates for traditional brain tumor treatment or do not want to undergo an invasive procedure, treatment with TrueBeam STx® is an important treatment alternative. The video below is one of the many resources Rush Radiosurgery provides to help patients decide if brain tumor treatment with TrueBeam STx is

Types of Benign Brain Tumors

At Rush Radiosurgery, we treat a variety of malignant and benign brain tumors with the state-of-the-art TrueBeam STx® technology. While a brain tumor diagnosis can be scary, many tumors found in the brain may be benign. Unlike malignant tumors that are cancerous, benign tumors are non-cancerous growths of cells that cannot spread or invade other

Patient Resources: Facial Pain Association

The Facial Pain Association (TNA) is a non-profit health organization that serves patients across the globe, who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia (TN), and their families, physicians and healthcare providers who treat them. Providing one-on-one support for patients diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, TNA offers online communities, more than 50 support groups and a website full of

Cancer Research Month: Research from Our Physicians

At Rush Radiosurgery, we’re proud of the contributions our dedicated physicians have made to the cancer care community. In two recent studies, Rush Radiosurgery radiation oncologist Dr. David Sher evaluated cost-effectiveness of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with other cancer treatment procedures: Cost Effectiveness of SBRT v. Surgical Resection for Stage 1 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Presentation: Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a debilitating nerve disorder that affects a specific nerve in the head and causes severe facial pain. View the presentation below to understand why TN is often described as one of the most excruciating conditions in medicine and how Rush Radiosurgery treats it with a noninvasive procedure typically completed in one

Trigeminal Neuralgia: What You Need to Know about the Trigeminal Nerve

The trigeminal nerve is one of the most vital nerves in the head and is responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions. It is the largest of the cranial nerves and has three major branches that assist with sensory and motor functions including biting, chewing and sensations in the face. Rush Radiosurgery

Head and Neck Cancer Month: Alternative Treatment to Brain Surgery

April is recognized as National Head and Neck Cancer awareness month. This is a good time to learn about treatment options for head and neck cancers, particularly alternative treatment options when brain surgery is not an option. Rush Radiosurgery treats benign and malignant brain tumors with TrueBeam™ STx, an advanced, noninvasive radiosurgery system that targets

Rush Radiosurgery Recognizes Two Years of Helping Cancer Patients

This month our center celebrates two years of offering cancer patients support and treatment using TrueBeam™ STx technology. Rush Radiosurgery was launched in 2012 as a clinical service of Rush University Medical Center and since then, we have treated more than 200 patients. Some additional highlights: Patients from across the nation have sought treatment at our

Study: Breath Test May Help with Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Those at risk for lung cancer may eventually be able to receive a lung cancer diagnosis just by testing their exhaled breaths. In a study done by the University of Louisville, researchers found that by analyzing the breath of those with suspicious lesions on their lungs, they could test for levels of four cancer-specific substances

Brain Awareness Week: How TrueBeam STx Targets Brain Tumors

This week our center is celebrating Brain Awareness Week! The worldwide celebration launched by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, aims to bring together researchers, physicians and community members to advocate for research funding and ongoing education. Nationwide events include brain lectures, classroom workshops and online campaigns. As proponents of ongoing clinical research for treatment

Infographic: Additional Diseases Caused by Smoking

USA Today reports that in the latest Surgeon General report, smoking can be linked to a larger number of diseases than expected including diabetes, liver cancer and chronic diseases. The report details that smoking is “casually linked” to the diseases and references secondhand smoke as a potential cause for heart attacks and stroke. To read

Eat These Foods to Stay Healthy During Winter

Winter is peak season for colds and the flu, so keep your risks low by adding these health-boosting super foods into your daily meals. Winter squash – With over ten different varieties, winter squash is a versatile and delicious vegetable that is also chock-full of vitamins. In fact, just one serving of butternut squash has

Benefits of TrueBeam STx for Lung Cancer

Rush Radiosurgery offers TrueBeam STx as an alternative noninvasive treatment for lung cancer patients when traditional surgery is not an option. TrueBeam STx is the latest in advanced radiosurgery technology, providing effective treatment of lung tumors and offering many benefits compared to standard treatments. Read below about all of the key advantages TrueBeam STx offers

Rush Radiosurgery Radiation Oncologist Named Top Cancer Doc in Chicago

Rush Radiosurgery is proud to announce that Dr. Ross Abrams has been named to Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctors list for 2014. Dr. Abrams is a radiation oncologist at our center and is the Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Rush University Medical Center. He is also a professor with Rush University Medical Center.

At Home Workouts for Winter

As Chicago continues to experience one of the coldest winters on record, it’s becoming tougher and tougher to get the exercise needed to keep immune systems performing at their best. Here are a few exercises to work up a sweat in the safety of your home during these tough winter conditions. Jump rope: This is

How Safe is Stereotactic Radiosurgery?

When choosing among treatment options, the safety of the procedure is a key consideration in most patients’ decisions. Here are a few reasons why stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is among the safest of options if you are a candidate: Noninvasive: SRS is noninvasive so the treatment has fewer and less extensive side effects than other options

Our Guide to TrueBeam STx Treatment

If you’re interested in stereotactic radiosurgery with TrueBeam STx, but aren’t sure what to expect, we’ve created a guide to show you each step in the treatment process when you arrive at our center. View our presentation below and if you have additional questions, feel free to request more information.  

Spotlight On: Pancreatic Cancer

As one of the most rapidly spreading diseases, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose because patients usually don’t display symptoms until the cancer has progressed and spread to other parts of the body. Common early symptoms include loss of appetite, mild weight loss and mild discomfort in the upper abdomen or occasionally in the middle-back.

What's Happening at Our Center?

We are constantly reminded of the ongoing impact that our team makes on the local cancer care community. Below are a few recent highlights. Rush Radiosurgery hospital partner, Rush University Medical Center was ranked among the most recommended hospitals statewide based on patient satisfaction scores evaluating communication, cleanliness and timeliness of care. Organized by NerdWalletHealth,

Rush Radiosurgery Participates in Lung Cancer Vigil

Team members from our center joined more than 100 people to participate in the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil with Rush University Medical Center. The vigil, now in its fifth year, is the largest nationally coordinated awareness event for the disease and is held to show hope, support and compassion for people living

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated each November to raise awareness for the second most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates 9,270 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois this year. Below are a few ways to support the fight against lung cancer: Shine a Light

Get to Know Rush Radiosurgery

At Rush Radiosurgery, we want our patients and their families to feel comfortable with our staff and services. Below is an overview of our center and the treatment we provide.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Each October, the breast cancer community gathers to raise awareness and garner support for the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 232,340 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 13 is dedicated

Blog for a Cure: Influential Brain Tumor Blogs

The best support when facing a brain tumor diagnosis can often come from someone who experienced the disease firsthand. Below are a few influential brain tumor bloggers who can provide insight to patients and their families. The Liz Army – Liz Salmi chronicles her journey battling brain cancer and her efforts as an advocate for

Spotlight On: Trigeminal Neuralgia

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder, trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition. TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder usually

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends CT Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. Though still pending finalization, the recommendation applies to current and heavy smokers between 55 and 79 and could be a huge step in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is

Profiles in TrueBeam STx Treatment: Role of the Medical Physicist

At Rush Radiosurgery, medical physicists play a key role in the patient treatment process, working closely with other members of the treatment team to support imaging, treatment planning and quality assurance testing of our TrueBeam STx® technology and its components. Our physics team develops a customized treatment plan that will deliver the radiation dose prescribed

Spotlight On: The Stages of Cancer

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, determining the stage of the cancer is an important next step. Staging describes the extent or severity of a person’s cancer, which helps doctors determine the best course of treatment and a prognosis. Common Staging Procedures and Types: The most common staging is TNM, which designates three aspects of

Spotlight On: Lung Cancer Treatment

The American Cancer Society estimates lung cancer will be detected in nearly 220,000 people this year. The disease, ranked as the most common cancer diagnosis worldwide, kills more people annually than breast, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. While surgery or external-beam radiation therapy is considered a standard treatment for lung cancer, patients who are in

What is Metastatic Cancer?

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells spread from a primary cancer site to other parts of the body. Despite spreading to another location within the body, the cancer is considered an extension of the original tumor. For example, lung cancer that spreads to the liver is considered metastatic lung cancer. Metastatic cancers are difficult to

Celebrate Men's Health Month in June

June is Men’s Health Month! This time is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems men may encounter through health education, fundraising and advocacy efforts promoting early detection and treatment of disease. Here’s how you can get involved: Wear blue. The Men’s Health Network created the initiative to support men’s health efforts. Learn more

Rush Radiosurgery Participates in the ALA Healthy Lung Expo

Rush Radiosurgery took part in the American Lung Association’s 2013 Healthy Lung Expo. The event aims to inform patients and healthcare professionals about the latest trends, research and resources for lung disease. The expo featured an education program for healthcare professionals and a patient education program. Specialists in all aspects of lung health spoke on

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Facts and Treatment Information

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, a time to educate others, fund raise and offer support to brain tumor patients. Here’s what you should know about brain tumors: More than 170,000 Americans will face a brain tumor diagnosis this year. Brain tumors can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a mixture of these

Hospital Partner Spotlight: Rush University Medical Center

Rush Medical Center is consistently one of the nation’s top-ranking hospitals of the U.S. News & World Report in numerous medical specialties including nursing, orthopedics, neurology and cancer treatment. The not-for-profit academic medical center is a 664-bed hospital, which serves as part of a larger network of health care facilities including Rush University, Rush Oak

Rush Radiosurgery Celebrates First Year at Rush University Medical Center

Rush Radiosurgery marks its one-year anniversary offering cancer treatment with the TrueBeam STx® radiosurgery system.A clinical service of Rush University Medical Center, Rush Radiosurgery treated more than 200 patients in its first year of operation. Other highlights for the program include: Diseases most often treated in the last year are brain, lung and spinal tumors. Fifty-three

Spotlight On: American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid

Spotlight On: Gilda's Club Chicago

Named for Saturday Night Live alumna Gilda Radner, the worldwide cancer support community provides support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs for cancer patients and their families in the hope that no one has to face cancer alone. The Chicago chapter celebrated 15 years of cancer support in winter 2012. Gilda’s Club Chicago has

Rush Radiosurgery Attends 2013 Fight for Air Climb

Rush Radiosurgery attended the American Lung Association’s 2013 Oakbrook Terrace Fight for Air Climb. On February 10, about 1,000 participants climbed 680 stairs of the Oakbrook Terrace Tower in support of the fight against lung disease. The event raised nearly $60,000 to support research efforts aimed at ending lung disease. The ALA hosts similar events

Rush Radiosurgery Hosts Local Radiation Therapists Meeting

Our center hosted the Chicago Area Radiation Therapists (CART) Winter Meeting in February. Medical Director Dr. Aidnag Diaz discussed the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of brain metastases. The group of more than 50 attendees toured the Department of Radiation Oncology at Rush University Medical Center, our prestigious hospital partner, and watched a

Spotlight On: Types of Cancer Treatment

When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients should consult their doctor to learn more about the best treatment for their diagnosis. Consultation is a key part of making an informed treatment decision given the impact different forms of treatment can have on a patient’s quality of life. There are several different treatment options available depending on

Spotlight on: Brain Tumors

According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors account for one in every 100 cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. TrueBeam STx® stereotactic radiosurgery is an advanced treatment option for brain tumors, providing an important nonsurgical alternative for patients. Below is a brief overview of brain tumors, incidence rates and treatment options. The information

Rush Radiosurgery Medical Director Presents Research to Radiological Society of North America

Medical director Dr. Aidnag Diaz presented the results of his research on stereotactic radiosurgery at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.  The study, titled “Adjuvant Stereotactic Radiosurgery Following Resection of a Single Intracranial Metastatsis: A Study in Streamlining Patient Care,” featured findings on how brain surgery and follow-up stereotactic radiosurgery help

Lung Cancer Awareness Important for Prevention, Early Detection

As the second-most common cancer in both men and women, lung cancer is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer this year, accounting for more victims than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. In recognition of National Lung

Breast Cancer Awareness: Treatment Options When Breast Cancer Spreads

As the second-most diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., it’s tough to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. The American Cancer Society estimates 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. When breast cancer is discovered after it starts causing symptoms, the cancer is likely

Rush Radiosurgery hosts Continuing Medical Education Event for local physicians

Rush Radiosurgery was honored to host a continuing medical education event focused on the advances of the field of stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. The guest speaker of the event was radiation oncologist Dr. Richard Crownover of the University of Texas-San Antonio. He spoke to a group of nearly 50 clinicians on treatment

Rush Radiosurgery Shares Men's Health Awareness Tips

June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury. One of the common health threats to men is lung cancer. In 2012, the American Cancer Society estimates about 116,470 new diagnoses of lung cancer.

Rush Radiosurgery Radiation Oncologist Named Top Doctor

Congratulations to Dr. Ross Abrams for being named a “Top Doctor” in Chicago Magazine’s 2012 rankings. Dr. Abrams is the Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Rush University Medical Center and a professor with Rush University. We are honored to have Dr. Abrams on our team! To view the Top Doctors list, visit

Rush Radiosurgery focuses on education during Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options. The Central Brain Tumor Registry estimates 66,290 new cases of

Rush Radiosurgery opens, offers TrueBeam STx cancer treatment

Rush Radiosurgery is now open in downtown Chicago, offering patients treatment with the TrueBeam STx radiosurgery system. The center is a clinical service of Rush University Medical Center and was developed through a joint venture between Rush University Medical Center and US Radiosurgery. TrueBeam STx treats patients with a procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive