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.
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.
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 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.
The Whipple procedure at NCH helped Kevin overcome a non-cancerous tumor and achieve a long-held fitness goal.
When Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he turned to NCH. Now he's not just surviving — he's thriving.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.