Your treatment should be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. That means you know where to go, what to expect and where to get more information and support for your condition.
How do I find the Cancer Center?
You can locate the Advocate Good Shepherd Cancer Center via our online maps & directions.
When can my family visit?
Visiting hours are 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. We also offer flexible visiting hours in order to meet the needs of our oncology patients and their families.
For you and your visitors, our oncology patient and family resource room is equipped with television and video players, an Internet-accessible computer that includes a list of reputable sites of interest to cancer patients, and puzzle and games for children.
What can I expect during my stay?
Throughout your stay, your care will follow a plan developed by a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to providing you the best possible care for your physical, emotional and spiritual health. Cancer patients stay on our fourth-floor medical/surgical/oncology unit. The unit manager will stop in daily to discuss any concerns or problems. When you're ready to go home, the same team will make sure you have access to any equipment or community services you need, such as home health or a nursing aide.
During your stay, your nurses and technicians will write their names and mobile phone numbers on a chart in your room so you can call them directly if you need something. If you're readmitted, you'll have the same nurses caring for you as much as possible. As part of our commitment to superior health care, all nurses who provide chemotherapy have completed specialized oncology training through the Oncology Nursing Society.
Are there any programs or support groups for me?
Meeting the Cancer Challenge
This support group is for anyone who has cancer, has been affected by cancer or has survived cancer. Patients, their families, caregivers and friends discuss concerns and share experiences in this open-forum group. The focus is on emotional issues related to living with cancer. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Hospital.
Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me).
Women do not have to face breast cancer alone. The Good Shepherd Breast Cancer Network of Strength Support Group is an opportunity for patients, their families and friends to obtain information, resources and reassurance, as well as to express fears and/or anxieties. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Good Shepherd Hospital.
Look Good...Feel Better®:
Provided in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, this program offers beauty techniques to help women cancer patients combat the appearance-related effects of their treatment. New sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Monday or from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Registration is required, as space is limited.
View all support groups and programs
What can I expect with my chemotherapy and radiation?
Newly Diagnosed FAQs
How can I prevent or screen for cancer?
Early Warning Signs - Early detection is essential for improved survival for patients with cancer.
Screenings - Learn about cancer screening guidelines recommended for certain cancer sites.
Prevention and Early Detection - Learn about suggested prevention and early detection strategies.
Cancer Genetic Clinic - Knowing your cancer risk can make a positive difference in the lives of you and your loved ones.
Educational Lectures and programs.
Are there any other resources to help my family and I?
Below are some additional resources that may be helpful to patients and families.
Good Shepherd Hospital has partnered with the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients and their families work through the multi-faceted issues that can make the cancer experience so challenging. The American Cancer Society offers free, comprehensive patient services and programs to address the physical, emotional and financial needs associated with cancer.
Additional online resources include: