Cancer Care | Ascension
Ascension Saint Joseph - Elgin

Ascension Saint Joseph - Elgin

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Personalized cancer care and support

Specialists at Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center deliver personalized cancer care that’s right for you.

Cancer is personal. So is how we care for you.

You don't have to travel far to get personalized cancer care and support services. Doctors and multispecialty care teams at the 25,000-square-foot Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center provide comprehensive cancer care for the Elgin and Hampshire areas. You can receive advanced care in a serene center that's designed around you.

  • Advanced cancer technology: We have the Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator as one of our cancer treatment options. This technology helps us precisely target cancer cells, while minimizing exposure to nearly healthy tissue.
  • Dedicated support from start to finish: From the moment cancer is suspected, you'll meet your nurse navigator who will guide you through your journey, from diagnosis to recovery.
  • Care teams provide a full spectrum of cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema therapy.

Personalized, multispecialty cancer care for your specific needs

We're dedicated to delivering targeted cancer therapies with supportive cancer care services. Our specialists routinely review your care plan to help improve survivorship and quality of life. Your dedicated nurse navigator will guide you through your journey, from diagnosis to recovery. You will also have a multispecialty care team that may include a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, surgeon, and other cancer specialists who diagnose and treat:

  • Blood disorders, anemia, blood clots (DVT, PE)
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast, ductal and lymph node cancer
  • Cancers of the blood, including leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloproliferative neoplasm
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, including colon, liver and pancreatic
  • Genitourinary (GU) cancers, including bladder, prostate and kidney
  • Gynecologic cancers, including endometrial, ovarian and cervical
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Lung and esophageal cancer
  • Skin cancer, including basal cell, melanoma and squamous cell

Your care team may also include oncology-certified nurses, palliative care specialists, genetic counselors, dietitians, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and our new patient consult coordinator. We're here to help support you throughout your treatment, recovery and beyond.

Benefits of cancer care services close to home

At Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center, we offer hope and support. Treatment options include specialized cancer treatments, clinical trials and a healing place for your body, mind and spirit. Our network of Ascension Illinois cancer specialists also provide cancer care outreach services across the area, including neighborhoods throughout the Elgin and Hampshire areas.

Our care team is here to help answer your questions and connect you with supportive care services and cancer rehabilitation programs. Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center provides services that support your recovery after having chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. We offer a range of services on our campus, with convenient valet parking. Transportation to and from appointments can be arranged for you. Our oncology care teams work together to help make your appointments as easy and coordinated as possible.


Cancer support programs and services

When you're going through cancer care, we're by your side. Your doctors and care team are here to help, listen and offer services that help support your treatment plan. Have a conversation with our patient navigator — ask any question, big or small. And we offer an extended care team for emotional support — chaplain, palliative care specialist and oncology-certified social worker. Our healing garden and chapel are always open for you and your loved ones. Other services include:

  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Financial aid counselors
  • Nutritionists
  • Oncology-trained pharmacists
  • Patient and caregiver support groups

Advanced tests help target cancer cells and tumors

Our cancer care team does a thorough medical evaluation and uses a range of tests to diagnose your condition. We offer easy scheduling for tests at:

  • Ascension Illinois Lab Services Elgin
  • Ascension Illinois Imaging Elgin

3D mammograms, breast MRI, and low-dose CT lung scans are high-definition image studies that help improve the detection of hard-to-find cancers. Other services include biopsy procedures, minimally invasive endoscopic procedures, ultrasound-image-guided procedures of the chest and abdomen, and more. We also offer tumor testing for personal molecular targets and hereditary cancer genes (for example, BRCA genes, Lynch syndrome, BFAF mutations, germline and tumor cells).

Medical oncology treatments are provided in a comfortable infusion center. Chemotherapy and other treatments may involve oral, intravenous (IV) or topical medication therapy. These treatments may be combined with surgery or other treatments.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Management of oral targeted therapy

Radiation oncology offers advanced, targeted radiotherapy and radiosurgery to destroy cancer cells and tumors. Our radiation oncology delivery systems use MIM Maestro® software to help track tumors and cancer cells. We offer a range of advanced treatments, including:

  • Brachytherapy
  • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT)
  • TomoTherapy® with a 360-degree delivery system

Surgeons specializing in breast surgery and reconstruction, gastric surgery, lung and chest surgery, and urologic surgery deliver advanced surgical treatments. Minimally invasive techniques are used whenever possible. Image-guided and computer-assisted technology with high-definition navigation helps your surgeon remove a tumor while preserving healthy tissue. Minimally invasive surgery helps promote healing and reduce scarring, for example:

  • Endobronchial thoracic surgery
  • Hidden scar, a breast surgery technique
  • Mohs microsurgery
  • Reconstructive breast plastic surgery
  • Robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Xi system

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