Why Choose Advocate Good Shepherd for Cancer Care?
One of the Nation's Best Cancer Centers
Good Shepherd Hospital’s Breast Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation is only given to those centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accredition programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditiation Program. To learn more click here.
Good Shepherd's Center for Cancer Care is one of only 66 facilities in the U.S. to receive an "Approval with Commendation" rating from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Center for Cancer Care was granted approval in 1985, 2004 and, in 2007, was recognized in all six evaluation areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
What does this mean to you? Beyond the confidence you will feel knowing you're being comprehensively treated by a multi-specialty team of experts, you have access to:
- State-of-the-art services and equipment including advanced treatments and technologies such as:
- CAD and Breast MR
- 64-Slice CT Scanner
- RapidArc radiotherapy
- High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy.
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Certified ostomy/wound consulatants
- The da Vinci robot, a precision piece of equipment enables surgeons to perform less invasive procedures. Good Shepherd Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the northwest suburbs that offers this technology.Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Cancer-related information, education and support
- A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
Approved CoC facilities diagnose and/or treat 80% of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Only 25% of all hospitals in the US and Puerto Rico received the CoC approval in 2007.