When it comes to cancer, there's nothing simple about it. Multiple office visits to different specialists is the norm. And that can translate into time lost waiting for appointments when treatment should be underway.
That's why the Edward Cancer Center offers three multidisciplinary clinics specializing in breast, thoracic and neuro-oncology. These clinics speed up treatment in an effective and covenient way by bringing expert cancer professionals from a variety of specialties together under one roof.
VIDEO: TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS AT EDWARD CANCER CENTERS
We believe in targeting your cancer so you can live as normally as possible. We utilize technology that minimizes your side effects and improves your quality of life. Early on, you will receive an individualized treatment plan, which may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery depending on the type and location of your cancer.
And through our multidisciplinary approach to care, medical, radiation oncologists and specialized surgeons collaborate to develop individualized treatment plans that incorporate the most advanced cancer therapies tailored for each patient's individual needs.
Radiation Treatment Options
Image-Guided Technology We know that tumors move between treatments. Traditionally doctors allow a margin around the tumor to account for it-which means that radiation would also destroy healthy tissue. Edward Cancer Center is the first facility in the Chicago area to treat patients with the most advanced and precise radiation therapy available. Trilogy image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) uses sophisticated real-time imaging to precisely target tumors and place patients in the best position for treatment. IGRT is especially beneficial for tumors whose locations change on a daily basis. Learn more.
Rapid Arc Radiation is used to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells so they're no longer able to grow. It can be used alone or along with surgery and/or chemotherapy. There are a variety of ways radiation therapy can be given to patients. Learn about radiation therapy options here.
The Edward Cancer Centers in Naperville and Plainfield offer Rapid Arc, a precise, faster cancer treatment. A radiation treatment that would normally take ten minutes can be completed in two minutes using RapidArc.The entire tumor volume receives the radiation dose in one revolution of the machine so a patient experiences less discomfort during treatment. RapidArc is used most commonly for prostate and head and neck cases.
HDR (High dose rate brachytherapy) A type of radiation that uses a radioactive seed to deliver high-dose radiation directly to the tumor. This radioactive seed delivers extremely localized radiation into the body through a catheter, allowing patients to receive prescribed radiation in a matter of minutes. This treatment is used primarily for cervical, uterine, lung, esophageal, head and neck, and breast cancers.
MammoSite A brachytherapy treatment for breast cancer that delivers radiation from inside the breast, directly to the tissue where cancer is most likely to recur - reducing average treatment time from seven weeks to five days.
IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) A type of radiation that uses highly focused beams that can be shaped to mirror the tumor shape and size-directing a more precise dose of radiation directly to the tumor while sparing surrounding tissue and organs. IMRT technology is primarily used to treat prostate, neck, and brain cancer.
Radiosurgery A form of radiation therapy that focuses high-powered x-rays onto the abnormal area
Respiratory Gating An advanced radiation technology that synchronizes delivery of radiation with the patient's own breathing cycle. Since tumors often move or change shape during respiration, this technique allows treatment with a high dose of radiation to cancerous tumors while sparing nearby, healthy tissue.
Chemotherapy (chemo) is a cancer treatment that comes in several forms: pills, shots or intravenous (IV) injections. It differs from surgery or radiation in that medicine travels throughout the entire body, rather than being localized in one area. This is important because chemotherapy can reach cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body.
Chemo is administered in cycles, with a rest period following each cycle to give the body time to recover. Chemo may be given before surgery to shrink a tumor or after surgery to reduce the chances of the cancer returning. Side effects vary with the amount and type of chemo. Your doctor and nurse will talk to you about ways to manage any possible side effects.
Surgery is often used to assist in diagnosing stages of cancer and for removing cancerous tumors. Advances in surgical techniques have allowed surgeons to operate less invasively, improving patient recovery periods. According to the American Cancer Society, surgery offers the greatest chance to cure cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body. Learn more at www.edward.org/cancersurgery.