Polly and Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center － Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee
A Department of Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee
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Delivering personalized cancer care
At Ascension Wisconsin, our doctors and nurses listen to understand your health care needs and concerns and answer your questions. Then, we deliver a care plan with personalized cancer treatments and support programs. Our medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, palliative care specialists, genetic counselors, patient navigators, social workers, financial advocates, dietitians, chaplains, and cancer rehabilitation specialists focus on your needs. We’re dedicated to supporting you throughout your cancer treatment.
Cancer care closer to home
Our doctors and care team offer treatments for many types of adult cancer, including:
- Medical oncology with oral and infusion chemotherapy
- Radiation therapies
- Gynecologic oncology
- Rehabilitation therapies, including lymphedema therapy
- Palliative medicine for managing pain and symptoms
- Surgical oncology and options for breast reconstruction
- Supportive care with patient navigators, financial advocates, Healing Arts therapy, nutrition and wellness programs
We offer hope and support while delivering advanced care options. In Wisconsin, we have a network of cancer specialists. Our specialty care programs feature innovative treatments, including:
- The hidden scar technique is used during breast-conserving surgery and minimizes scarring.
- Navigational bronchoscopy is minimally invasive and used to biopsy small abnormalities in the lungs.
- Men have prostate cancer treatment options including brachytherapy, in which radioactive seeds are implanted to kill cancer cells.
- Mohs surgery is dermatologic microsurgery for skin cancer removal that allows the patient to keep as much healthy skin as possible while the surgeon removes cancer cells in a precise way.
- Precision Medicine, also called Personalized Medicine, is a treatment plan tailored to your molecular and genetic makeup. This individualized approach means that all medical decisions, treatments, practices and products are unique to you, instead of applying a one-treatment-fits-all model to your care.
- Interventional oncology, including minimally invasive cancer therapies such as targeted ablation, chemoembolization (targeted chemotherapy) or radioembolization (targeted radiation).
Cancer screenings and advanced diagnostic testing
We make getting access to screening tests more convenient with online scheduling. The 3D mammogram, Breast MRI for higher breast density and low-dose CT lung scan produce high-definition images to improve the detection of hard-to-find cancers. Ask your doctor what screening tests are right for you, including colonoscopy, PSA and PAP/HPV tests.
Cancer genetics: testing and counseling
Genetic risk assessment and counseling services are available. These tests can help you better understand your risk for hereditary cancers. Discuss this option with your doctor. We provide BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 screening as part of our high-risk breast clinic program.
Helping you navigate your cancer journey
Our patient navigators partner with patients and their families to provide individualized assistance and support. They help patients effectively navigate across the continuum of the healthcare system to ensure they receive timely and high-quality care. They facilitate and coordinate care, assess and identify individual patient needs, provide education and support, and connect patients and their families with additional supportive care resources and services.
Our financial advocates are here for you, to help you throughout your cancer journey. We assess each patient’s benefits and insurance coverage so patients can focus on their treatment and recovery. In addition, we help find financial resources to offset out of pocket expenses when possible.
At Ascension Wisconsin, we’re here to help you navigate your cancer journey.
Nationally recognized cancer care
Ascension’s Southeast Wisconsin cancer centers in the greater Milwaukee area consistently meet the highest standards for quality of care and outcomes. The Commission on Cancer® recognizes our accredited cancer care programs for their commitment to providing “comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient-centered care.” We also have fully accredited Breast Centers with high quality services, as recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Researchers throughout Ascension Wisconsin advance clinical care through research and innovation. To learn more about our clinical trials, contact the Ascension Wisconsin Research Institute by calling 414-635-6420 or emailing AWRI.Inquiry@ascension.org