Cancer Services

Presence Saint Francis Hospital
355 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
847-316-4000
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Presence Saint Francis Hospital offers advanced technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of several types of cancer. Our cancer care experts include surgical, gynecological and radiation oncologists as well as radiologists and nurses certified in chemotherapy treatment options. Each patient is treated collaboratively by a multidisciplinary team to determine the best form of treatment based on their unique physical requirements and treatment needs.

Oncology Clinical Trials

Presence Saint Francis Hospital offers leading edge cancer treatment through an oncology clinical trials program. As an affiliate member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Presence Saint Francis Hospital is able to provide novel treatment technologies and a comprehensive list of active clinical trials.

Fully Accredited Program

Our Cancer Care Program is accredited with commendation by the Commission of Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes the hospital's commitment to excellent quality of care for our cancer patients. Elements of care evaluated included institutional and programmatic resources, cancer committee leadership, data management and cancer registry operations, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and staff support, and quality improvement.

Active clinical trials

  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Lung
  • MDS
  • Shingles Prevention

Click here for more information on our active clinical trials.

Click here for trial descriptions.

For more information about our current trials, call our research coordinator at 847-673-0999, or email grace.golden@presencehealth.org.

From diagnosis to rehabilitation, Presence Saint Francis Hospital is at your side every step of the way:

Diagnostic Capabilities

  • Lightspeed Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner - The 64 Slice VCT scanner from GE Medical Systems delivers superior images six times faster than traditional scanners, making exams quicker and more comfortable for patients.
  • MRI - MRI uses radio frequency and a strong magnetic field to produce remarkably clear and detailed images of internal structures and tissues that may not be visible with other imaging methods. Our MRI provides the most up-to-date diagnostic capabilities that reduces scan time by approximately 50% and provides a more open and friendly experience for patients without compromising clinical performance. This equipment can now also be used for taking images of the breasts in helping to detect breast cancer.
  • MRI for Breast Imaging - The most advanced MRI technology available, this system permits high-resolution bi-lateral imaging of both breasts at the same time and will aid in the detection of in-situ carcinoma and implant rupture, as well as help manage difficult breast diagnoses.
  • Mammography - Presence Saint Francis Hospital´s Breast Center is equipped with the latest digital technology and is accredited by the American College of Radiologists. Testings are conducted by physicians and registered technologists certified in mammography. In addition to mammography services, the Breast Center offers stereotactic biopsy, high-quality ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures. And our most recent, state-of-the-art "Second Look" computer-aided detection (CAD) system assists our radiologists by providing a computerized second review of your mammogram.
  • PET/CT Imaging - PET/CT imaging is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art scanning technology that can be used to detect a variety of medical conditions. The precise images obtained with PET/CT are not available with other technologies such as CT, MRI or X-ray alone. PET/CT can be used to view anatomical structures and anomalies in the body, and it can also be used to analyze cancer cells. PET/CT provides physicians with a very accurate picture of what is going on inside the body. For oncology patients, PET/CT is used to determine the exact location and stage of cancerous tissue and can possibly prevent unnecessary surgery and biopsies as well as inappropriate treatments. PET/CT can accurately detect a tumor as small as 4 mm in total length, which can provide an earlier diagnosis and improve outcomes.
  • Nuclear Medicine

Treatment Services

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) - Considered a major breakthrough in cancer treatment, IMRT targets only cancerous cells and leaves healthy cells alone, reducing the radiation risk.
  • Radio Frequency Interstitial Tumor Ablation - Liver tumors can now be destroyed with a radiofrequency energy. This is accomplished with a recently developed high tech special needle that can be very accurately inserted into the tumor guided by ultrasound.
  • Interventional Radiology - Procedures performed by interventional radiologists are increasingly being used to help diagnose and treat patients with cancer by relieving symptoms and diagnosing cancers without surgical biopsies. Using special X-ray equipment, interventional radiology procedures can be used to deliver cancer-fighting therapy directly to the site of the tumor.
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