Integrated Cancer Care 

Strength. Support. Success.

At the Center for Advanced Therapy, we believe that cancer care should focus on treating the whole patient. From the latest in medical treatments and technologies for the body to our healing environment, our integrated cancer program is designed to help you overcome the physical, mental and emotional challenges of your diagnosis.

Our collective approach to patient care means that you will be managed by a team of experts who are familiar with your health history. Through this ongoing collaboration, our dedicated oncologists, radiologists, nurses, clinicians, community educators, surgeons, social workers, psychologists and chaplains will make sure that you have access to the care and services you need to thrive.

Additionally, our experienced patient navigators are prepared to help you on your healing journey by connecting you with services across our hospital campus—making the process more manageable for both you and your loved ones.

Our cancer care program continues to be awarded with an accreditation by the American College of Surgeons, with Silver-Level Commendation, as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program (CCCP).

Read more about the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program Accreditation>>

Our cancer services encompass three main goals:

Strength
We provide services that strengthen the body following a cancer diagnosis, including advanced, leading-edge treatments; nutrition services; pain management; physical and occupational therapy; and, fitness and wellness offerings (including acupuncture and massage) through Galter LifeCenter, Chicago’s premier medical fitness facility. 

Support
We offer a variety of healing services that support the mind, including support groups, patient education, stress reduction seminars, experienced social workers and alternative therapies.

Success
We create targeted goals to help you succeed on your health care journey. Our experts take an active role in determining the best course of care for each patient. Additionally, our commitment to research and education, and partnerships with other institutions in Chicago (such as Rush University Medical Center), allow us to provide the most advanced cancer care and treatments available. 

We understand and value the unique goals of each patient, and we work with you to both set goals and achieve them with the use of a personalized care plan. Through our collaborative approach to health care and commitment to providing an excellent patient experience, we offer advanced cancer care with the personal attention that every patient deserves.
 

We recognize that expert screening and diagnosis are the first steps in quality cancer care. That’s why we place great emphasis on offering the latest technology and resources for these services at Swedish Covenant Hospital. 

Consult the American Cancer Society's Early Detection Guidelines to find the appropriate screenings for your age group and ask your doctor about getting one of the below screenings or exams. Call 773-878-6888 to find a doctor at Swedish Covenant Hospital or visit our online physician directory.


3-D Mammography

Women age 40 and over should have a mammogram every year, which is capable of detecting breast cancer before a lump can be felt. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital is equipped with 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, capable of detecting breast cancer more accurately than traditional mammography to reduce the number of callbacks for additional screenings due to false alarms. 

3-D imaging benefits women—especially those who are younger or have dense breasts—by taking multiple sweeping images across the breasts (instead of the single still image taken during 2-D mammograms). This allows physicians and technicians to better detect abnormalities such as masses or nodules by viewing either the individual images or “rolling through” multiple images to look under and behind dense breast tissue. 

Mammograms can be scheduled at the Women’s Health Center within a week. Results will be faxed to your primary care physician, even if they are unaffiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital. 

In addition to up-to-date scans, you should also conduct self-exams monthly. If you are 18 to 39 years old, you should have a clinical breast exam every three years. Once over 40, you should have a yearly clinical breast exam. 

To schedule your mammogram, please call 773-878-6888.

Learn more about our breast health program>>

Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but it has a 90% cure rate if caught early. Regular testing is crucial to catching polyps that can grow in the lining of the colon and rectum which may turn into cancer.

Everyone over 50 years old needs regular colon exams, which may include one or more of the following:
• Stool blood tests
examine a sample of the patient’s stool for traces of blood that can’t be seen. Although blood doesn’t necessarily mean cancer, it does let the physician know that further tests should be ordered. You should have this test once a year.
• Flexible sigmoidoscopies
use a flexible scope to see directly inside a portion of the colon. This test should be done every five years. 
• Barium enemas
combine barium and air to enable physicians to spot contrasts in the lining of colon which may indicate cancer. Individuals should have this procedure every five years.
• Colonoscopies
use a scope to view the entire colon and remove polyps. This test should occur every 10 years.

Prostate Cancer
Men should begin annual prostate screenings at age 50. Screenings include a digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. 

Men in high-risk groups, such as African American men or men who have a close family history of prostate cancer, should begin screenings at 45. It is also recommended that men have a baseline PSA once they turn 45.
 
Skin Exam
Men and women between 18 and 39 years old should get a skin exam during check-ups (at least once every three years) and once a year after age 40.

Call 773-293-8893 to schedule an appointment with the Swedish Skin Institute.

Pap Test and Pelvic Exam
Women over 21 should have a cervical cancer screening.

Testicular Screening
Men over 18 years old should perform a testicular self-exam monthly.
Community Screenings
Our goal is to work toward a cancer-free community. 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 educate community members on methods of prevention.

View upcoming classes and events>>
Diagnostic Services
If a biopsy is deemed necessary, patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital will receive the least invasive, most rapid testing possible. We offer:
• Sentinel node biopsy:
which can quickly determine the stage of cancer by identifying the first node affected.
• Ultrasound-guided biopsy:
which uses a minimally invasive technique to obtain 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 by using an ultrasound machine that emits high-frequency sound waves to create a superior image compared to traditional procedures. 



Swedish Covenant Hospital's Center for Advanced Therapy has a service and support agreement with Rush University Medical Center’s Cancer Center

Under the guidance of Site Leader Jeffrey Cilley, M.D., the agreement enhances our ability to help patients who are tackling an array of cancer types, including breast, colon, lung, liver, prostate cancer and blood-related cancers. 

The affiliation provides patients with a range of service and treatment enhancements, such as: 

• Increased access to care for patients at both hospital sites
• Access to tertiary and specialty oncology services and second opinions with specialists
• New research opportunities
• Quality review coordination

Read more about Swedish Covenant Hospital's successful collaboration with Rush University Medical Center>>  
 
Read more about the treatments offered at Swedish Covenant Hospital:

Chemotherapy
Cancer is often treated with a combination of drugs, with varying results and side-effects, that are designed to kill cancer cells or slow and stop their growth. Learn more.

Hormonal Therapy
Our cancer program offers the latest hormonal treatments, which involve the manipulation of hormones and receptors to influence and control the growth of cancer.

Radiation Therapy
Swedish Covenant Hospital offers radiation therapy treatment, using an advanced linear accelerator, for all types of cancers. This technology allows us to use a number of advanced techniques, including electron beam therapy for supplemental tumors and image-guided and intensity-modulated treatments for difficult-to-treat tumors.

Surgery
Surgeons on staff are expert at minimally invasive techniques that result in shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times. These techniques include a laparoscopic approach, which uses a small camera to allow for the safe removal of tumors through a small opening instead of the traditional large incision. Patients can typically return to everyday routine more quickly, compared to traditional surgery.

One such procedure, a minimally invasive colectomy using robotic robotic surgery, utilizes the state-of-the-art da Vinci robot to perform a colectomy through a small incision, lowering recovery time and reducing the risk of damaging the nerves the control urinary and sexual function.

Another breakthrough treatment available through Swedish Covenant Hospital's cancer program is the colonic stent, a device that can be used for patients with colorectal cancer to relieve obstruction as a palliative measure or as a bridge to surgery.




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