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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. Read more.

Brain Cancer
Noreen

Noreen

When Noreen went through cancer, the exceptional care and compassionate touch of NCH made all the difference. To treat lesions on Noreen's spine, as well as a brain tumor, doctors used the precise, non-invasive CyberKnife Radiosurgery System. Click here for a video.

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 underwent one treatment in which the tumor was precisely targeted and destroyed. Three years later, Steve and his wife can't say 'thank you' enough to the NCH team. Read more here.

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 the Breast Center at Northwest Community Hospital.

Complex GI and Pancreas
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.

Richard

Richard

Richard was looking forward to summer and all its outdoor activities. But after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was worried about more than missing a summer barbecue. However, thanks to NCH, Richard now has a second chance at life.

Kevin

Kevin

The Whipple procedure at NCH helped Kevin overcome a non-cancerous tumor and achieve a long-held fitness goal.

Mike

Mike

When Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he turned to NCH. Now he's not just surviving — he's thriving.

Judith

Judith

Judith's discomfort with Heartburn turned out to be something more serious. Read about her diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus and the new HALO radiofrequency ablation procedure here.

Mary

Mary

In the face of a dire diagnosis, experience counts. Pancreatic cancer patients such as Mary Ireland know this firsthand. Thanks to the pancreatic team at NCH, Mary is not just surviving - she's thriving. Read more.

Connie

Connie

Connie was experiencing agonizing pain. It turned out to be pancreatitis, which means that her pancreas was inflamed. She knew she had to do something about the pain. Read more here.

Gynecologic Conditions
April

April

When myomas (fibroids) returned a second time for April, her surgeon used the daVinci® robot at NCH to precisely remove the myomas and delay or prevent further recurrence. For April, recovery was much better as compared to traditional open surgery. Read more here.

Kathy

Kathy

Diagnosed with endometrial cancer, Kathy turned to NCH for the da Vinci robotic surgical treatment. Kathy underwent a hysterectomy and removed her lymph nodes and uterus through four small incisions using the da Vinci's physician-guided robotic arms. The operation lasted roughly 15 minutes. Kathy says she was amazed at her smooth recovery. Read more.

Heart Care
Wayne

Wayne

Wayne A. tried medications and other treatments to treat his Atrial Fibrillation condition, but nothing worked. Then, he learned about an advanced treatment option at NCH called Cardiac CryoAblation. Today, he has peace of mind knowing his heart rhythm is back on track. Learn more here.

Michael

Michael

Regardless of age, a heart attack can strike at any moment. When it does, time is of the essence. Take it from Micahel, who at age 42 had an unexpected heart attack. Read more here.


Shane

Shane

Something was very wrong when Shane’s heart starting racing during a workout. It turned out to be a rare problem that landed the 19-year-old in the intensive care unit. Find out what happened next.

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. After just three painless treatments, Dorothy is enjoying life as a five-year lung cancer survivor. Read more here.

Maternity Services
Kordik Family

Kordik Family

When the Kordik's newborn needed surgery, the expert staff and advanced capabilities of NCH's NICU were there to help. Read how it made all the difference for Baby Zachary to have a delicate surgery performed right here at NCH.

Drews Family

Drews Family

No mom-to-be ever wants to deal with pregnancy complications. But when the unexpected happened, Teya Drews knew the highest level of perinatal care was available to her and her baby at NCH's NICU. Read more.


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. Learn more here.

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 and participated in NCH's fast track recovery program. Shortly after his hip replacement surgery he was back to his normal activities. Learn more here.

Bill

Bill

To treat the osteoarthritis in Bill's knee, his surgeon performed the MAKOplasty procedure, a new technique for knee resurfacing that leads to natural movement and quick recovery. Today, Bill is doing the activities he enjoys most. Read more here.

Robert

Robert

Robert had excruciating pain in his hip due to arthritis. He knew it wouldn’t get better. So, Robert turned to the Joint Replacement Program at NCH, which includes an extremely advanced pain control procedure used during hip replacement surgery. Learn more here.

Nancy

Nancy

Pain in Nancy's left hip became unbearable. It kept her from easily navigating the stairs in her townhome and made her job at a local grocery store, where she's worked for 30 years, uncomfortable. To document her experience, Nancy chronicled her journey through hip replacement surgery and recovery on NCH's daily blog. Learn more here

Cheryl

Cheryl

Osteoarthritis in Cheryl's knee made walking around the house a difficult task. Her surgeon recommended the MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing procedure. The benefits of a short recovery and natural feeling knee helped Cheryl quickly return to an active lifestyle. Click here for a video

Prostate
Mr. Williamson

Mr. Williamson

Mr. Williamson was determined to find the best option for treating his prostate cancer. His daughter told him about CyberKnife Radiosurgery, a highly precise radiation therapy technology. After only five non-invasive treatment sessions, today, Mr. Williamson is cancer-free and highly recommends CyberKnife. Watch a video that details his story here.

Bill

Bill

Bill chose NCH because of the advanced facilities, the short distance from his home and the excellent reputation of radiation oncologist, Dr. Najeeb Mohideen. Read Bill’s story here.

Stroke
Jennifer & Lisa

Jennifer & Lisa

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.

Jen

Jen

Jen experienced a sudden and painful headache followed by tingling in her lips and arms. Her friend rushed Jen to NCH where she received immediate treatment and a CT scan that identified an aneurysm in her brain. Within hours she was in surgery. Read more about Jen's diagnosis, surgery and successful recovery.

Josh

Josh

Every minute counted for Josh, who was rushed to the emergency room after he fell unconscious following a headache and blurred vision. Diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage, something needed to be done … now. Find out how NCH’s neurointerventional team acted quickly to save Josh’s life.

Last Updated 2013/08/29