For outstanding cancer treatment, trust the Saint Joseph Hospital Center for Cancer Care. We offer advanced diagnostic services, treatment options and clinical trials that rival those of academic medical centers. But our intimate size means that you'll receive attentive, personal care from an exceptional team of physicians and clinical experts.
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Comprehensive Cancer Care
At The Center for Cancer Care, we offer advanced treatment, plus an unparalleled level of personal attention and convenience for cancer patients and their families.
Members of Saint Joseph Hospital's integrated, multi-disciplinary team of specialists work together to diagnose and treat a broad range of cancers, including breast, gynecologic, colorectal, thoracic, brain and head/neck cancers. Our collaborative team includes board-certified medical, surgical and radiation oncologists; interventional radiologists and integrative medicine specialists; as well as nurse navigators, nutritionists and counselors specially trained to help patients with cancer. Our patients are prospectively discussed by a multidisciplinary team of experts to recommend the best evidence-based custom tailored options for their care.
At The Center for Cancer Care, we are committed to highest standard of care and have been awarded with prestigious accreditations from:
Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons - Saint Joseph Hospital recently received a three-year accreditation with six commendations.
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers- The Center for Cancer Care was the first breast center in Chicago to receive this accreditation.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence- Saint Joseph Hospital received this accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
Top 5 Priority Hospital - The American Cancer Society (ACS) has named Saint Joseph Hospital a Top 5 Priority Hospital. This means that we’re among the top hospitals in Illinois in referring newly diagnosed cancer patients to the ACS. Patients benefit from a wide variety of free services ranging from transportation and wigs to financial resources and educational information.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Treatment of Cancer by Site - Saint Joseph Hospital follows the set of evidence-based national treatment guidelines developed by expert panels of oncologists at the NCCN. The guidelines cover 97% of cancers, are updated on a continual basis, and are the most widely used guidelines in oncology practice in over 115 countries. These guidelines are referenced during the cancer team’s weekly meetings where patient care plans are discussed.
Among Our Specialties:
Breast Cancer Care- We offer advanced digital mammography and diagnostic services, and outstanding breast cancer treatment. Patients have access to a compassionate team of specialists and participation in national clinical trials. We are the first breast center in the city of Chicago to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers of the American College of Surgeons.
Colorectal Cancer Care- Because colorectal cancer can be avoided if polyps are found and removed before they become cancerous, we are committed to early detection and prevention through colonoscopies and cutting edge radiology screenings. Our colon and rectal surgeons have advanced training in minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and removal of cancer that allow preservation of the maximum amount of healthy tissue.
For patients with advanced colon or rectal cancers, for whom surgery is not an option, our interventional radiologists can provide minimally invasive therapies that directly target and treat cancer that has spread.
Gynecological Cancer Care- Our specialists provide comprehensive care—from diagnosis through treatment and follow up—for cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers. We offer the most advanced technology to treat these cancers - including a minimally invasive robotic surgery system for early cases of cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers.
Lung Cancer - The team at Saint Joseph Hospital customizes a treatment plan for each patient, offering surgical treatment, radiation or chemotherapy depending on the individual patient's needs. Our thoracic surgeons use a minimally invasive surgical technique to remove lung cancers in patients who are surgical candidates based on localized disease
Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder - Surgical oncologists perform liver resection, pancreatic surgery and other advanced abdominal surgeries for the treatment of patients with pancreatic or hepatobiliary cancer. Our interventional radiologists offer cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment options for tumors that have started in or spread to the liver.
HIV Related Malignancies - Our team has extensive experience and outstanding outcomes in the treatment of lymphomas, anal carcinomas and other cancers that occur in patients with HIV infection. Compassion and respect, coupled with knowledge of the unique issues faced by patients with HIV infection makes The Center for Cancer Care of Saint Joseph Hospital a wonderful resource for patients.
For Your Convenience
Located in Lincoln Park, we offer easy parking and accessibility to public transportation. Parking is free for patients undergoing radiation treatment and valet parking is available for all patients and visitors. Parking is also available in our covered parking facility at Oakdale Avenue and inner Lake Shore Drive.
Team-based Cancer Expertise
A truly unique offering of Saint Joseph Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care is our collaborative practice model. With an individualized approach, our team of specialists meets weekly to plan treatments, chart progress and provide focused care. Patients are at the center of the team and play an active role in their treatment plan.
Each patient’s team involves physicians in several cancer specialties, and depending on your individual need, may include:
Surgical Oncologist - cancer surgeon with expertise in biopsy, tumor staging and tumor removal, who works as an integral team member and performs both open and minimally invasive procedures
Medical Oncologist - physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, offering the latest in drugs and chemotherapy, as well as national clinical trials
Radiation Oncologist - physician who specializes in the use of advanced radiation therapies, like Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and and High Dose-Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) to deliver precise doses of radiation that minimize the impact on surrounding tissue
Hematologist - expert physician with extensive experience in treating blood malignancies and diseases, such as lymphoma and leukemia
Gynecologic Oncologist - gynecologist/obstetrician who specializes in cancers of the reproductive organs
Interventional Oncologist/Radiologist - a physician specializing in minimally invasive treatments that directly target cancer tumors using advanced image-guided technology.
Patient Navigation Team
At The Center for Cancer Care, each patient receives one-on-one care from our patient navigators, experienced nurses who are available to help you deal with the difficulties and complexities of cancer. Working closely with your physician, our patient navigators will coordinate your care, answer your questions, provide education and assess the side effects of treatment, and, support you and your family throughout your illness. Experts in cancer care, our registered nurses have additional certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Specialists for Every Need
Depending on the individual, a wide range of additional experts may be included on the team. Plastic surgeons, pharmacists, therapists, social workers and nutritionists are all available as needed. Together, we do everything possible to provide a full spectrum of care to meet each patient’s complex and varied needs.
Working as a team, our physicians utilize advanced diagnostics for highly accurate results. These high tech tools help us detect cancer at an early stage and monitor tumors during treatment. Our diagnostics include:
- PET/CT Scan - This sophisticated digital imaging system allows us to quickly determine whether cancer is present, if it is spreading and whether your current treatment is working. One exam generates two types of medical images that are synthesized into one incredibly detailed composite. This provides us with extensive information about your condition. Our PET/CT scanner can be used to detect and monitor a wide variety of cancers including breast, lung, head and neck, and cervical, as well as melanoma and lymphoma.
- CT-guided Biopsy - Computed tomography-guided biopsy is an advanced process for obtaining a sample of a potentially cancerous tumor or mass for evaluation. To more accurately target the tumor and minimize the damage to surrounding tissue, we use digital cross-sectional images of the body to guide us in collecting the sample.
- Breast MRI - Among the most advanced of all diagnostic tools, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive system that uses a magnetic scanner, radio waves and computerized graphics to produce highly detailed images of body tissue. It can be extremely valuable in assessing breast abnormalities because it gives us a more detailed image than ultrasound or mammography. That, in turn, allows our physicians to make more accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
- Full-Field Digital Mammography with Computer Assisted Detection (CAD) - Another advanced tool for the detection of breast abnormalities, the full-field digital mammogram with CAD involves the use of computers to bring suspicious areas on a mammogram to the attention of our radiologists. Used after a radiologist has conducted an initial evaluation, this technology highlights areas that may merit further review and additional testing.
Your team of physicians and other cancer experts will work in partnership with you to determine the best options for your treatment. Our doctors have a full range of tools to fight your cancer—from the latest drug and chemotherapeutic treatments to participation in national clinical trials to the most advanced technology. Plus, our expert radiation oncologists have the experience and training to deliver precise doses of radiation that minimize the impact on surrounding tissue.
Depending on your diagnosis and individual needs, your treatment may include one or more of the following options:
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation - This advanced procedure uses a computer to create a detailed 3-D image of a tumor. By seeing the nuances of the tumor's shape, our radiation oncologists can be even more accurate in targeting each dose of radiation.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) - A state-of-the-art form of radiation therapy that uses computer-controlled X-rays to deliver precise radiation doses to the tumor. IMRT allows the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the 3-D shape of the tumor by controlling the intensity of the radiation beam. This precise treatment also minimizes the impact to surrounding tissue and critical organs. It is particularly effective for treating cancers of the prostate, head, neck and central nervous system.
- High Dose-Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) - An innovative form of internal radiotherapy, this treatment actually places the radiation inside your tumor - usually through a thin, temporary catheter. Like IMRT, it is effective at concentrating radiation where you need it most, while minimizing the impact on healthy tissue.
- Clinical Trials - The Center for Cancer Care participates in numerous national and international trials of emerging cancer therapies. These not only give you access to cutting-edge treatments, but also allow you to influence your own care.
- Surgery - In most cases, surgery to remove tumors is a treatment option. We are able to perform surgery conventionally or with cutting-edge technology. For certain patients, minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System reduces the risk of infection and pain, shortens the hospital length of stay and results in less scarring.
- Percutaneous Ablation- When surgery is not an option or not ideal, interventional oncologists can directly treat certain lung, liver, kidney and bone tumors through a puncture-like incision with ablative technologies that heat (radiofrequency/microwave ablation) or freeze (cryoablation) the tumor cells to lethal temperatures while sparing the adjacent tissues.
- Chemotherapy - Our staff has decades of experience in successfully administering inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy, the use of chemical agents to stop the growth of cancer cells. Depending on the nature of your cancer, treatment may be oral, IV-administered or injected.
- Chemoembolization/Radioembolization- For patients with tumors in the liver, interventional oncologists can identify the blood vessel feeding the tumors and deliver chemotherapy (chemoembolization) or microscopic radioactive beads (radioembolization) directly to the tumor itself, minimizing exposure to healthy tissue and providing much higher doses of chemotherapy or radiation than can traditionally be administered.
- MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy - For breast cancer patients, this is an alternative to traditional radiation treatment following a lumpectomy. Radiation is administered through a catheter at a higher daily dose, decreasing overall treatment time from 5-7 weeks to 5 days.
Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago, a sister hospital, has opened a new satellite oncology infusion therapy center at Saint Joseph Hospital. Infusion therapy is a cancer treatment in which staff administers chemotherapy intravenously.
Cancer doesn't only change the life of a patient, it affects friends and loved ones as well. That's why we offer comprehensive support and education programs to help everyone cope with this complex condition.
- Patient Navigation Team - At The Center for Cancer Care, each patient receives one-on-one care from our patient navigators, experienced nurses here to help you deal with the difficulties and complexities of cancer. Working closely with your physician, our patient navigators will coordinate your care, answer your questions, provide education and assess the side effects of treatment, and, support you and your family throughout your illness. Experts in cancer care, our registered nurses have additional certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
- Education - Nurse educators, including specialists who provide support to ostomy and mastectomy patients, are available to answer questions about your condition and your treatment plan. We also offer wellness classes and health screenings.
- Nutrition Services - To help maintain your strength and build your body's natural defenses, we employ dietitians with a special focus in nutrition and cancer. They can work with you to design a diet that will complement your individual treatment plan.
- Spiritual Services - A strong spiritual life may help you—and your family—better cope with the psychological and emotional affects of cancer. Not only can it reduce anxiety and depression, but also promote a sense of hope, courage and inner peace. The Center for Cancer Care has chaplains on staff to provide comfort, reflection and support to you and your family—regardless of your religious affiliation.
- Social Services - We provide the services of a licensed clinical social worker who can assess your family's needs and connect you with both hospital and community resources. Our social worker also helps with home care planning, placement with an appropriate support group or extended care facility and Advance Directive planning (the creation of living wills and assignment of medical power of attorney).
- Wellness Room - The Center for Cancer Care's new Wellness Room, located on the seventh floor of the hospital, features a quiet place for patients and families to engage in meditation and reflection. The wellness room also features a small library with computer kiosks and serves as a satellite site for American Cancer Society staff, who are resources for additional information about a cancer diagnosis, treatment options, survivorship: during and after treatment and locating support groups.
- Yoga at the Bedside - Yoga is now available at the bedside for cancer inpatients who choose this holistic therapy. A certified yoga instructor leads patients in stretching, poses and meditation. The adjunct therapy promotes healing and is available through The Center for Cancer Care's outpatient program as well.
- Acupuncture - Designed to alleviate stress, reduce pain, and improve energy and balance, our acupuncturists use ultra-thin, sterile needles inserted below the skin to stimulate energy points. Acupuncture can relieve a variety of cancer-related symptoms, including fatigue, digestion problems and side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. Licensed by the State of Illinois, our acupuncturists have extensive credentials and training.
- Pain Center - While we try to make your cancer treatment as pain-free as possible, some discomfort may be unavoidable. To help address this, we have a Pain Center with expert staff that assists patients in managing and controlling their pain. The Center has physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and anesthesiologists who specialize in the evaluation and management of acute and chronic pain and can develop an individualized treatment program.
- Hospice and Palliative Care - Through our work with Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care and Horizon Hospice, we deliver comprehensive care to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the Chicago area. Our "whole-person" approach is designed to alleviate physical suffering, while providing emotional comfort and the best possible quality of life. Our inpatient palliative care services on the Skilled Nursing Unit focus on pain and symptom management. Advance practice nurses, under the supervision of our physicians, can provide palliative care consultation in your home, nursing home or assisted-living facility.