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Looking for Chicago area treatment center

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My mother has recurrent bladder cancer now in the vaginal wall. The local doctors are moving slowly and she is not a candidate for the gemzar-cysplatin chemo and radiation as she has already had it. She has always been a nonsmoker. We are looking for a good urology oncologist, GI specialist and cancer treatment center. Also looking for any clincial trials. We have started a search with the NCI already. It's just very draining and time consuming and we do not have time.

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You may want to consider contacting the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center. Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may be able to assist you with tools to a help you find a specialist.

I hope this information has been helpful.

All the best,

CSN Dana

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I forgot to give the phone number for the National Cancer Information Center. It is 1-800-227-2345. Best Wishes!

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You should get hold of a Dr. Skinner at the USC/Norris cancer center. He is the Head of Urology and a leading expert in this field. The Norris center can be reached at 323.865.3000 or send them an e mail at www.uscnorris.com. This Dr. treated myself an is considered an expert worlrwide. They will also refer you to someone in your area that was trained at USC under Dr. Skinner. I have refered many others to him and all came back to thank me with thanks.

This same institute is doing a Government sponsored study regarding a specific gene that has a tendancy to mutate possibly causing bladder cancer. If they study is correct it would explain why people get bladder cancer when they have never smoked a day in their life.

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