Cancer Clinic Brings Rush's Finest to Oak Park

Fall 2014

Not many people are aware that Rush Oak Park Hospital houses some of the best cancer physicians in the business, including the following:

  • Internationally known authorities in a wide range of cancer subspecialties
  • Acclaimed researchers on the front lines of discovery
  • Teachers and mentors to the next generation of cancer doctors
  • Repeat recipients of “America’s Top Cancer Doctors,” “Patient’s Choice” and “Compassionate Doctor” awards, and much more

“We’re bringing academic medical center expertise to the comfort of the Oak Park community,” says William Leslie, MD, medical director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Cell Therapy (DHOC) Clinic at Rush Oak Park Hospital. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

The DHOC group consists of highly accomplished specialists in a broad range of cancers, including breast cancer, chest and lung tumors, head and neck cancers, hematologic (blood) cancers and coagulation disorders, and gastrointestinal cancers. All are board certified in their subspecialties.

Located next door to the hospital at 610 S. Maple Ave., Suite 5400, the DHOC also includes an infusion center equipped to serve about a dozen patients at a time.

“It’s a small, friendly environment where patients often get to know and encourage one another,” says Dr. Leslie. Three full-time nurses staff the infusion center, providing patient and family education, symptom management and psychosocial support.

Proximity to Rush Oak Park Hospital and the Rush Radiation Therapy Center at Oak Park Hospital are pluses for cancer patients, explains Dr. Leslie. Patients who are on concurrent radiation and chemotherapy can complete both without having to travel downtown.

Patients also can access the hospital’s CT, pharmacy and laboratory services easily.

“Most cancer care today is performed on an outpatient basis,” says Dr. Leslie, “but when inpatient care is necessary, patients at the DHOC have the option of being admitted to Rush University Cancer Center as well as to Rush Oak Park Hospital. The two facilities work seamlessly together.”