Cancer care physician providers are board certified and/or have been attested in a grand-fathered clause. Multidisciplinary required members include a composition of Diagnostic Radiology, Pathology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Surgery.
Oncology Nursing and Ongoing Patient Care
The nursing staff is committed to providing high quality care to oncology patients and their families. Our team includes:
- Chemo-certified nurses
- Oncology-certified nurses
Our multidisciplinary approach with the American Cancer Society is targeted to disseminate “Treatment Care Plan Manager” to each new patient. The “Plan Manager” registers the patient with the American Cancer Society opening the door for them to take advantage of an array of services from financial to personal care products.
The radiology department provides state-of-the-art technology and dedicated knowledgeable staff.
Advocate Health Care has invested in the most current imaging technologies available for the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Board-certified radiologists and registered imaging technicians use these state-of-the-art tools to produce the best medical intelligence for informed decisions. Breast cancer is one of the top five sites seen at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, and our Breast Health Team and Nurse Navigator are instrumental in our cancer care service and team composition.
The breast health team monitors quality improvement in the mammography department.
- In 2012, the average for mammogram exams done monthly was 803.4, these exceed the state target of 677
- Of the 803.4 mammogram exams, 50 patients had a positive biopsy
Ambulatory Care and Pharmacy
Adult patients receive chemotherapy on the ambulatory treatment unit. The caring staff, oncology certified nurses and pharmacists provide one-on-one assistance before the first treatment and during the treatment. Nurses provide education and are always available to follow up with each patient.
Radiation Therapy On-Campus Care
Trained board-certified radiation oncologists are highly experienced and skilled in a wide range of standard and emerging treatments. The multidisciplinary network of providers is committed to delivering the most appropriate cancer treatment, which includes an integrated approach to education, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
Advocate South Suburban Cancer Center located on our hospital campus is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. In addition, the cancer center incorporates a Quality Assurance Program that monitors critical areas of assessment including patient satisfaction, pain assessment and management, radiation safety, and cost of care to mention a few.
The physicians and staff also follow the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®). The NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives.
Pathology and CAP Protocols
Examinations of specimens by our team of pathologists provide expert opinion on type of cancer, histologic review, American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) staging and prognostic factors. The pathology department is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and all three pathologists are board certified.