At NCH, we focus on providing you the best preventive care possible when it comes to your risk for cancer. With regular screening and advanced diagnostics, our goal is to identify cancer at the earliest stage possible.
If you do receive a cancer diagnosis, our highly skilled team of board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, other specialists and advanced practitioners will work with you to create a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan focused on the best possible outcome. Additionally, our breast, lung, colorectal, prostate and pancreatic cancer patients’ care teams also include a dedicated patient navigator. This specially trained nurse helps patients understand their treatment options, assists with scheduling tests and appointments, and provides resources and support.
We are unrelenting in our focus on patient safety, quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. We have been recognized by Healthgrades® as being among the nation’s top 5 percent of hospitals for clinical outcomes.
Other awards and recognition we have received include:
We offer various support groups led by an oncology social worker for patients fighting certain types of cancer. Additionally, we have support groups tailored to men or women, as well as groups focused on helping patients improve their sense of well-being and comfort.
By looking at malignant tumors on a molecular level, we can identify a tumor’s unique gene mutation(s) and expressions so that we target it with the most appropriate treatment. We can customize a patient’s care and treatment plan based on his or her unique genetic characteristics and health history.
For patients who have a family history of cancer and/or a higher risk for cancer due to genetics, we work with Insight Medical Genetics, a group of genetic counselors who help patients understand their risks for cancer and explore lifestyle changes that can minimize those risks.
Our program offers prevention, intervention and monitoring of cardiovascular issues that patients undergoing cancer treatment may face.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This cancer is shrouded with mystery and is often called the silent killer among women. We are fortunate have two gynecologic oncologists at NCH: Diane Yamada, M.D. and Kathryn Mills, M.D., both of the University of Chicago Department of Obstetrics-gynecology in partnership with NCH Medical Group. Dr. Mills took some time to answer our questions about this cancer. Read more
Second in our series of stories regarding COVID-19 and high-risk patients, we spoke to radiation oncologist Stephen Nigh, M.D. who is Medical Director of Oncology Services at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). Dr. Nigh shared information for cancer patients and their loved ones in light of the pandemic. Read more