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Services and Treatments

Oncology Services & Treatments

The Cancer Care Center, located on the first and second levels of the Center for Advanced Care, offers nationally recognized medical expertise and a full range of advancements in cancer treatment approaches.

Comprehensive Care

Illinois CyberKnife

Illinois CyberKnife: The CyberKnife® radiosurgery system delivers highly advanced non-surgical technology in an outpatient setting to treat cancer by using utilizes a combination of CT imaging and computer-controlled robotics to deliver cancer treatment with no incision, no blood loss and no pain.

Caldwell Breast Center

Recently, the Caldwell Breast Center has been designated a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology's (ACR) Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging.
Occupying the entire third floor of the Center for Advanced Care, the center offers advanced treatment options, advanced digital imaging equipment, and a caring staff trained to deliver state-of-the art care.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery gives surgeons a level of precision, delicacy and control necessary for complex and delicate surgeries. Surgeons at the Center for Robotic-Assisted Surgery have performed hundreds of procedures to treat colorectal and prostate cancer, pediatric and adult urologic disorders and gynecologic conditions.

Radiation Oncology

Lutheran General Hospital's Radiation Oncology Department in the Cancer Care Center offers state-of-the-art technology and radiation therapy techniques. The team includes skilled radiation oncology physicians, medical oncologists, surgeons, nurses with specialized expertise in radiation oncology, radiation therapists who are all American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certified, and medical physicists and dosimetrists.

Gynecologic Oncology

The Gynecologic Oncology private practice diagnoses and treats of pelvic masses, severe endometriosis, difficult gynecological conditions, and overian, cervical, vulvar, tubal, uterine and breast cancer. The practice also consults on gynecologic cancers and diseases of the breast for other gynecologists, family practice and internal medicine physicians.

Oncology Specialists

Oncology Specialists is a private practice of oncologists with expertise treating specific types of cancer including blood, breast, prostate, lung, colon, head and neck, and gynecological cancer, melanoma, sarcoma and lymphoma. Oncology Specialists also conducts and participates in clinical trials, including studies that have led to FDA approval of new cancer drugs.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Lutheran General Hospital's Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant Program is dedicated to bringing innovative, state-of-the-art options to cancer patients in a safe and effective environment. The bone marrow program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), among other designations.

Advanced Imaging
The Advanced Imaging Center provides the area's most technologically advanced radiology equipment made available in one location and is the is the first hospital in the state and one of the few in the country to offer Time-of-Flight PET/CT technology for detecting tumors.

The Apheresis Center is the only blood, platelet and stem cell donation facility of its kind in the northwest suburbs. The center offers family members and the general public to make fast and convenient donations cancer or transplant patients.

Specialty Clinics
Multidisciplinary outpatient clinics at the Cancer Care Center allow patients to confer with a series of oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and other specialists in one day. The specialized clinics focus on gynecologic oncology, head and neck tumors, lymphoma, pigmented skin lesions and prostate cancer.

Advanced Treatments

We offer advanced cancer treatments, including:
This new, revolutionary way to treat cancer with radiation provides superior targeting of tumors and minimizes side effects for patients. This treatment is particularly useful for head and neck, pancreatic, gynecological, prostate and sarcoma cancers, and for pediatric patients. Lutheran General Hospital will be the first hospital in the northwest suburbs to offer this technology.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
One of the newest computer-assisted radiation treatment breakthroughs for prostate, breast, head, neck and brain cancer, the IMRT technique delivers the highest energy treatment by wrapping multiple beams of radiation around a tumor area, while protecting adjacent normal tissues.

Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
To reduce the risk of cancer coming back after surgery, focused radiation techniques are offered to target only the area of the breast where a tumor has been surgically removed. Outpatient treatments such as breast brachytherapy (MammoSite) apply a radiation dose directly to the place where the tumor used to be. This procedure, done in collaboration with the radiation oncologist, surgeon and medical oncologist, may reduce radiation treatment time, while still providing the optimal dose.

Low-Dose Rate (LDR) Prostate Brachytherapy (Seed Implants)
This outpatient, nonsurgical procedure for early stage prostate cancer places tiny radioactive seeds into the prostate to destroy cancer in that area, without affecting other parts of the body.

High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
With high-dose rate brachytherapy, radiation oncologists can treat tumors that are confined to a small area with intense, localized doses of radiation. This outpatient procedure significantly reduces treatment time for patients. Lutheran General is one of the few centers in the Midwest to offer this type of treatment for prostate cancer.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)/Radiotherapy
In this outpatient, nonsurgical treatment, a very precise, high-powered localized radiation beam is used to treat defined, deep-seated tumors, usually in the brain, for which surgery would be risky. Three-dimensional computer imaging is used to target the tumor and direct the radiation beam from several angles.

Radiation oncologists at the Lutheran General Hospital Cancer Care Center use this innovative radioisotope technology to treat bone metastases and lymphoma. Radiation oncology equipment at the center also includes two linear accelerators that beam electrons or high-energy X-rays through the skin to the targeted site, and a multileaf collimator that precisely focuses the linear accelerator's beam, avoiding damage to healthy cells.

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