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Leukemia Clinic

At Rush, the leukemia program has been a pioneer in the care of patients with leukemia and the use of innovative treatment modalities. Rush was one of the first institutions in the country to utilize timed sequential therapy in acute myelogenous leukemia using two drugs, Cytarabine and Mitoxantrone.

Our program offers a state-of-the-art laboratory facility managed by experienced physicians and researchers, which enables us to study the behavior of leukemia cells and how they interact with the different treatment modalities. This knowledge allows our physicians to improve the way we utilize new treatment agents and this laboratory allows our physicians to receive results to cytogenetic, molecular and FISH studies, which have more rapid therapeutic implications.


Melissa L. Larson, MD, is an associate professor of hematology at Rush University Medical Center. She received her MD from Rush Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (Rush University Medical Center). Dr. Larson's clinical practice focuses on acute leukemias and other hematologic disorders. She is the director of the Leukemia Program and the Leukemia Comprehensive Clinic at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Larson holds memberships in the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has authored or co-authored numerous articles that appear in several journals.

Allison Morin, NP, joined Rush as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in February 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Allison went on to get a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago.

​​At Rush, we offer a comprehensive approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care of people with all forms of acute and chronic leukemia, including:
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
Rush also offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for people with pre-leukemia, or myelodysplastic syndrome.
Our physicians also work closely with Rush's Bone Marrow Transplant Program. When bone marrow transplant is determined to be the most appropriate treatment, our clinical team will guide the patient through all stages of transplant, from preliminary evaluation through follow-up care.

​​​The following services are offered by the leukemia program at Rush:

Comprehensive Treatment
Rush offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of leukemia. Additionally, we provide patients with access to experienced physicians who use the latest research to treat leukemia and offer the newest clinical trials. Our in-house laboratory provides patients with results in half the time of other institutions to expedite treatment plan decisions.
Second Opinion Services
The leukemia program at Rush provides second opinion services. To learn more about the importance of a second opinion, please see our Seeking a Second Opinion page.  For more information, patients or physicians are also encouraged to call our clinic at (312) 563-2320.
Complementary, Integrative Cancer Medicine
Rush University Medical Center has a dedicated Cancer Integrative Medicine Program that offers patients access to complementary treatments that include acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, counseling, massage therapy, medical hypnosis, nutritional counseling and yoga.  For more information, see our Cancer Integrative Medicine Program page
Supportive and Educational Services
Rush is committed to helping patients and their families cope with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer. We offer our patients access to a variety of cancer support programs, including the ability to meet with an American Cancer Society patient navigator, who assesses the individual patient needs and provides information about available community services and programs. For more information, please visit our P​atient Na​vigator​​ page.​

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1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building II
Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5904
Fax: (312) 942-3192
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