Personalized cancer care and support
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 Ascension Saint Alexius provide a healing environment with compassionate, personalized care. Your oncologist starts by listening to understand you and your health concerns. Then, your cancer care team works with you to create a personalized care plan.
Multispecialty cancer care delivers targeted therapy for your cancer needs
We're dedicated to delivering targeted cancer therapies with supportive cancer care services. Our specialists routinely review your care plan to help improve your survivorship and quality of life. Your multispecialty care team may include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and other cancer specialists who diagnose and treat many types of cancer, including:
- 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
- Other types of cancer
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 Ascension Saint Alexius, 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 Hoffman Estates.
Our care team is here to help answer your questions and connect you with supportive care services and cancer rehabilitation programs. Ascension Saint Alexius 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
- 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 Imaging Hoffman Estates
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, advanced radiology imaging, 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.
- 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:
- 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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