Cancer Care

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, we understand that a cancer diagnosis—regardless of the type or stage—is a life-altering event. Our cancer specialists are leaders in their fields who provide a full continuum of expert, compassionate care for our patients.

We believe that cancer care should focus on treating the whole patient—from the latest in medical treatments for the body, to our healing environment designed to help you overcome the mental and emotional challenges of cancer. That’s why all of our caregivers act as a unified team. This team includes our dedicated oncologists, radiologists, nurses, clinicians, community educators, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and chaplains. Through this collaboration of professionals, we are able to offer advanced cancer care with the personal attention that each patient deserves.

The Breast Health Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital is a comprehensive program that focuses on all aspects of breast health, from screening to diagnosis. The program's uniqueness derives from taking care of the whole person, not just the illness.The multidisciplinary team at Swedish Covenant Hospital, including primary care physicians and OB/GYNs, works together to consider the interactions of all activities—including exercise and diet, screenings and prevention.

Designed to focus on a complete breast health journey, the program:
• Assists women on the emotional and physical journey through a breast cancer diagnosis
• Encourages and helps women complete breast cancer screenings
• Addresses concerns from the moment a woman has an abnormal mammogram
• Educates the community about breast health, screenings and early detection
• Provides resources to uniquely healing services-like nutrition, massage therapy, healing touch, exercise and laughter yoga
• Reduces the time from screening to diagnosis
• Provides personal care in a compassionate and timely matter

3-D Mammograms
Swedish Covenant Hospital is now equipped with 3-D mammogram capabilities through breast tomosynthesis. This innovative mammogram technology provides physicians with higher quality, more detailed images and scan results, which means more accurate diagnoses for our patients.

The 3-D and sophisticated 2-D imaging capabilities particularly benefit younger women and those with dense breasts by locating and identifying abnormalities or suspicious lumps that may have been overlooked in the past. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of just three hospitals in Illinois offering this technology.

Patient Benefits
In contrast to traditional imaging, breast tomosynthesis technology imaging leads to:
• Earlier breast cancer detection
• Less anxiety and faster diagnoses
• Fewer false alarms because of unclear images
• More accurate images in young, dense or fatty breasts

Contact Us
To make a mammography appointment, please call (773) 878-6888. Unlike other leading hospitals where appointments can take months, we adjust our schedules to allow patients to be seen within seven days. If your primary care physician is not affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital, you can still schedule your mammogram with us. Your results will be faxed to your physician.

In harmony with Swedish Covenant Hospital's philosophy, breast cancer specialists on staff understand and treat the whole woman throughout the diagnosis, treatment and healing process.

Screening Is Essential
The dedicated staff at Swedish Covenant Hospital works year-round to educate patients and the community on the essentials of preventing and detecting breast cancer. Healthy breast care along with the proper frequency and starting age includes:

• Breast self-exam: Start performing monthly starting at age 20; your physician can show you how to do properly do a breast self-exam.
• Clinical breast exam: Receive yearly from an OB/GYN, primary care physician or other trained medical professional. Receive at least every three years starting at age 20 and annually after age 40.
• Mammogram: Receive yearly after age 40. Swedish Covenant Hospital uses digital mammography. Mammograms are the best available method to diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stages, according to American Cancer Society Recommended Screening Guidelines.

As part of the hospital’s ongoing commitment to building partnerships that enhance treatment and care opportunities, Swedish Covenant Hospital has recently begun a cancer affiliation with Rush University Medical Center.

Under the guidance of Site Leader Jeffrey Cilley, M.D., the affiliation targets Swedish Covenant Hospital's cancer programs with the goal of improving the quality of services available to our patients, our community and our neighbors. The new relationship will strengthen our ability to help patients who are tackling an array of cancer types, including breast, colon, lung, liver and prostate cancer.

It is expected that the affiliation will result in a host of service and treatment enhancements. These include: 
 •  Increased access to care for patients at both hospital sites
 •  Enhanced surgical services, radiation therapy, imaging and specialty care
 •  New research opportunities
 •  Increased opportunities for medical students and residents
 •  Lifestyle enhancement for cancer patients through the use of the Galter LifeCenter


Excellent screening and diagnostic services are the essential first step in the continuum of quality cancer care. That's why we place great importance on these services at Swedish Covenant Hospital, offering the latest technology through programs designed to reach as many individuals in our community as possible.

Health Screenings
Our goal is to achieve a cancer-free community for the neighborhoods served by Swedish Covenant Hospital. To support this goal, we regularly offer convenient public health screenings—either free or at a reduced rate—for various types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colorectal, uterine, skin and lung. Lectures often accompany these screenings, to provide the community with the education and support necessary to aid prevention.

Mammograms can be scheduled at Swedish Covenant Hospital within one week. Even if you've had a mammogram before, make sure you're up to date. If your primary care physician is not affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital, you can still schedule your mammogram with us. Your results will be faxed to your physician. To schedule your appointment, please call our Call Center at (773) 878-6888.

• Recommended Screening Guidelines

Diagnostic Services
If a biopsy is deemed necessary, patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital will receive the least invasive, most rapid test possible. We offer:
- Sentinel node biopsy, which can quickly determine the stage of cancer by identifying the first node affected.
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy, a minimally invasive technique for obtaining tissue for examination.
- Stereotactic biopsy, which uses mammography to guide the radiologist to the suspicious site within the breast so tissue extraction can be minimal and precise.
- Bone marrow aspiration, in which bone marrow is removed and analyzed to diagnose cancer or determine if it has metastasized.
- Transvaginal ultrasound, a method of imaging the genital tract and pelvic structure to determine the presence of abnormalities that could indicate cancer. The test uses an ultrasound machine that emits high-frequency sound waves to create a superior image compared to traditional procedures.

Laboratory Services
Our laboratory services function with state-of-the-art speed and accuracy. The hospital's lab was the first in the Midwest to implement one of the most highly advanced automated sample management and processing systems available, the Advia WorkCell. This system, which operates 24 hours a day, uses computer-driven robotics to process samples and report results. 

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