Cancer Services

Resurrection Medical Center
7447 West Talcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Resurrection Medical Center is one of the leading providers of cancer care in Illinois, with a comprehensive program accredited and approved by the American College of Surgeons.

Many advances in cancer care have occurred during the past 10 years, resulting in a longer, higher quality of life for those with a cancer diagnosis. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, over 10 million Americans diagnosed with cancer are alive today as a result of medical breakthroughs.

These advances allow physicians to diagnose cancer sooner and more accurately than previously possible. New minimally invasive treatments are generally faster, more effective, less painful and provide easier recovery.

Why choose Resurrection Medical Center for cancer care? You will find:

Quality Cancer Care

The Presence Resurrection Medical Center cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Commission has partnered with the National Quality Forum (NQF), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to provide accredited cancer programs with performance measures and comparison data on an annual basis as a method to assess quality of care.

Performance measures give patients a way to assess health care quality compared to national standards. Measurements are a way to help patients know if they are receiving appropriate and high-quality care

Data comparing Presence Resurrection Medical Center to other hospitals in Illinois and all teaching hospital cancer programs in the United States show that our Cancer Center outcomes exceed state, regional and national quality measure benchmarks when compared with other accredited cancer programs in Illinois and nationally.

Read our 2013 outcomes report based on 2009-2011 cancer data.

The Latest Cancer Fighting Tools

Resurrection Medical Center is committed to offering the most advanced diagnostic technology available. With the latest in imaging technology our doctors are able to “see” inside the body with extraordinary clarity, resulting in greater precision, earlier diagnoses and better patient care.

Diagnostic capabilities:

  • PET scan - One of the most advanced diagnostic tools
  • MRI - Non-invasive scan of body tissue
  • Nuclear medicine - Small doses of radiaton are used to evaluate abnormalities
  • CT scans - X-ray of soft tissue
  • Mammography - New digital technology
  • Stereotactic biopsy - Non-surgical evaluation of suspicious breast masses

Treatment options include:

  • TomoTherapy - Breakthrough radiation therapy
  • Mammosite - Alternative radiation treatment given over five days instead of the standard multi-week treatment
  • Implant therapy - Option for early stage prostate and breast cancers using small radioactive seeds
  • Radiation therapy - Destroys the ability of cancer cells to divide and grow
  • Chemotherapy - Medications to control cancer
  • Surgery - Traditional, laser and minimally invasive surgeries are available

A Dedicated Oncology Team

At Resurrection Medical Center, advanced medicine is only part of the picture. Our team of cancer specialists is equally focused on individualized care for the whole person – not just the disease. Healing is enhanced by addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient.

The oncology team includes physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and dedicated oncology nurses. Additional support is provided by a psycho-oncologist, dieticians, spiritual counselors, social workers, home health care providers and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

Resurrection Medical Center’s team of oncology physicians includes:

  • Medical Oncologist - Physicians who treat cancer with medicine or chemotherapy
  • Radiation Oncologist - Physicians who treat cancer with radiation, including external beam, brachytherapy, mammosite and TomoTherapy.
  • Surgeon - Physicians who treat cancer with surgery and perform biopsies.
  • Pain Management Physician - Physicians who diagnose and treat pain.

Search for an oncologist at Resurrection Medical Center

Support Services

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening, but you are not alone. We are committed to working with our patients to coordinate care and identify resources and services that educate, inform and provide support.

Our patient navigation team includes:

  • Oncology Nurse Navigator- Our oncology certified nurse navigator offers support and assistance with resources and guidance in navigating services and cancer information from time of diagnosis through treatment.
  • Oncology Social Worker- Offers psychosocial support by providing guidance and access to resources such as transportation, insurance coverage, financial assistance, home placement. Other  psychosocial support services include individual, group, and family therapy.
  • Breast Care Coordinator- Provides step by step support and guidance throughout your journey assisting with identification of local resources to meet needs and coordinates appointments for diagnostic testing and consults with surgeons and oncologists.

Support When you Need It
At Presence Resurrection Medical Center we are pleased to offer our patients a host of support services for people facing cancer. We have partnered with the American Cancer Society, Gilda's Club of Chicago and Look Good Feel Better to provide the following services at no cost to our patients:

  • I Can Cope Support GroupPolish Support Group
  • Look Good, Feel Better
  • Wig and Accessory Boutique

Other Resources

General Cancer Information



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Clinical Trials

Presence Resurrection Medical Center integrates translational research into clinical practice by offering access to new treatment and/or advanced medical discoveries through our Clinical Trials Program. Clinical trials are studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs, diagnostic tests and treatment strategies, and increase scientific understanding of a wide variety of diseases.

The different types of clinical trials are:

  1. Treatment trials, which test new drugs, medical devices, medical procedures, or combinations of treatments
  2. Prevention trials, which look for better ways to prevent diseases through medicines, vaccines, vitamins, minerals, or lifestyle changes
  3. Screening trials, which look for new ways to test for the presence of a disease or health condition
  4. Quality of life trials, which explore ways to improve comfort and quality of life for chronically ill individuals

Through our participation in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Cancer Trials Network (NTCN) oncologists bring cancer patients advanced medicine by offering clinical trials covering a wide range of tumor sites including but not limited to breast, colon, lung, kidney and prostate cancers.

The development of more effective cancer treatments requires that new and innovative therapies be evaluated with cancer patients. Each clinical trial is designed to find new or better ways to treat cancer patients. Clinical trials are extremely important to cancer patients, who may have exhausted all other forms of treatment, yet still have active disease. Patients can choose to voluntarily participate in studies offering new treatments not yet available to the general population.

Patients in clinical trials are monitored closely by physicians and other research team members. In addition, research patients' safety is monitored by both the study's sponsor and the PRMC Institutional Review Board (IRB), a group of people who review research to protect patient rights and welfare.

If you would like more information about clinical trials offered at Presence Resurrection Medical Center, please call the Clinical Research Office at 773-594-7821.

You can read more about Clinical Trials, by visiting the National Institute of Health Clinical Studies webpage.

Financial Conflict of Interest in Research

Presence Resurrection Medical Center is dedicated to maintaining public trust in the integrity of our research-related activities. The identification and responsible management of financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) are crucial both for safeguarding research objectivity and for compliance with federal regulations and Presence Health policies.

Federal Regulations

The PRMC Financial Conflict of Interest Policy in Research was developed to address and comply with the federal regulations on:

  • Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which PHS Funding Is Sought 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart F

FCOI Information Requests

In accordance with the Public Health Service ("PHS") Financial Conflict of Interest regulation (42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F and 45 CFR Part 94), Presence Resurrection Medical Center will make certain information regarding financial conflicts of interest of senior/key personnel on PHS-funded research projects available upon written request. Requests for information regarding such financial conflicts of interest may be made by mail to the following address:

Presence Resurrection Medical Center Clinical Research Office
Attn: Financial Conflict of Interest Request
7435 West Talcott Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60631

We will respond within five business days of receipt of a written request. Information that will be made available is the following:

  1. Name of the individual with the financial conflict of interest
  2. Individual's title and role with respect to the PHS-funded research project
  3. Name of the entity in which the significant financial interest is held
  4. Nature of the significant financial interest
  5. Approximate dollar value of the significant financial interest
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