Northwest Community Healthcare

Patient Stories

Gastroenterology Care

Judith

Judith

Judith's discomfort with Heartburn turned out to be something more serious. Read about her diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus and how Dr. Parsons provided her relief from pain and cancer using the new HALO radiofrequency ablation procedure.

See Judith's Story

Colon Cancer

Sasha

Sasha

As a GI nurse, Sasha often worked with patients who underwent colonoscopies that detected cancer, but when she noticed irregular bowel movements at age 38, she found herself on the other side of the table.

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Brain Cancer

Steve

Steve

When a tumor about the size of a pea was identified in the right frontal lobe of Steve's brain, doctors at NCH recommended CyberKnife Radiosurgery System. Steve had one treatment and the tumor was precisely targeted and destroyed.

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Pancreas Care

Kevin

Kevin

Kevin Varrone became alarmed when he suddenly experienced pain on his right side. At first, he attributed the bouts of pain to his diet, but after a few trips to the ER, Kevin figured there was something bigger behind the story.

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Heart Care

Wayne

Wayne

Wayne tried medications and other treatments to help his Atrial Fibrillation but nothing worked. Then, he learned about an advanced treatment option at NCH called Cardiac CryoAblation.

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Maternity Services

The Kordik Family

The Kordik Family

No one wants their baby to be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. No one expects their child to need life-saving surgery in the first week of his life.
But unexpected things can and do happen. Today, baby is healthy.

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Orthopedics

Brian

Brian

Brian could hardly walk up and down the stairs in his home last summer because he was experiencing excruciating pain in his hips and legs. It was then that he turned to the joint experts at NCH.

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Prostate Cancer

Wally

Wally

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in men—one in seven will be diagnosed in his lifetime, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This Mount Prospect man welcomed the support of his wife and his care team during prostate cancer treatment.

See Wally's Story

Breast Care

Sandra

Sandra

Sandra enjoyed playing with her five grandchildren and coaching a women's after-work softball team in the northwest suburbs. But when she felt a lump in her breast in late 2012, she was nervous. Sandra immediately turned to NCH.

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Pancreas Cancer

Richard

Richard

Richard was looking forward to summer. But after he was diagnosed with pancreas cancer, he was worried about more than a barbecue. Thanks to NCH, Richard now has a second chance at life.

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Gynecologic Conditions

Kathy

Kathy

Diagnosed with endometrial cancer, Kathy turned to NCH for da Vinci robotic surgery. Kathy underwent a hysterectomy to remove her lymph nodes and uterus. The minimally invasive surgery lasted only 15 minutes.

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Lung Cancer

Dorothy

Dorothy

It was a crushing blow for Dorothy to learn she had lung cancer. However, a friend told her about CyberKnife Radiosurgery System at NCH, which targets tumors with extreme precision. Dorothy only needed three treatments.

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Orthopedics

Ronald

Ronald

Fishing took a back seat in 2013 when Ronald began feeling pain in his groin area. The discomfort eventually traveled to his knee. NCH's Fast Track program got him back in the boat in no time.

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Orthopedics

Cheryl

Cheryl

Osteoarthritis in Cheryl's knee made walking around the house difficult. Her surgeon recommended the MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing procedure. A short recovery and natural-feeling knee helped Cheryl get back to life.

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Stroke Services

Jennifer and Lisa's Story

Jennifer and Lisa's Story

Jennifer and Lisa are placing a face on stroke awareness at NCH by telling their stories of perseverance and triumph to fellow stroke survivors who are just starting out on their journeys to recovery in the hospital's neurology unit.

See their Story