Oncologists to Present at Leukemia Patient Conference | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Loyola oncologists to present at Leukemia Research Foundation patient conference

MAYWOOD, IL – (April 16, 2015) Loyola University Health System is among the sponsors of the Leukemia Research Foundation’s May 16 conference for blood cancer patients and their families.

The Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference is a free educational program for patients and families dealing with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Attendees will learn more about their disease, current treatment options and emerging therapies; and can participate in question-and-answer sessions with presenters.

Among the speakers are Loyola oncologists Patrick Stiff, MD and Tulio Rodriguez, MD. Dr. Stiff will open the conference and give a presentation on T-cell therapies and vaccines. Dr. Rodriguez will present a session on advances in bone marrow transplantation.

The conference will be held at Belvedere Events & Banquets, 1170 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, Ill., from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Parking, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. Online registration is available through the Leukemia Research Foundation website

The Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference is made possible through the support of Loyola University Health System, Be The Match, Amgen, The Coleman Foundation, Diplomat, Genentech, Gilead, Rush University Medical Center, Takeda Oncology and Teva Oncology.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.allbloodcancers.org/treatment-options-conference or call (847) 424-0600.

About The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Northfield, Ill., is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The LRF is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For 69 years, thousands of volunteers and 24 chapters have helped the LRF raise more than $60 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager, and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.

Leukemia Research Foundation information is available at www.allbloodcancers.org, or by calling 847-424-0600.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.