She Took Control of Her Health
Last year, 58-year old Tammy Loch decided to take control of her health and made an appointment for a checkup – she hadn’t gone for several years and never had a colonoscopy. Her primary care physician, Adrian Deme, M.D., ordered the typical bloodwork which all came back looking good. He then told her she should […]
Much to be thankful for
At the age of 55, Phyllis Gendola was diagnosed with lung cancer. NCH thoracic surgeon David DeBoer, MD*, removed three-quarters of her lung on Dec. 18, 2015. Just six months later, she suffered a seizure and was rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. CT and MRI scans showed that her lung cancer had metastasized […]
A car accident saved my life
Had it not been for an automobile accident five years ago, 81-year-old Ann Draper may not have known she had pancreatic cancer before it was too late. “It was a miracle,” Ann said. “My car was thrown into someone’s backyard from the impact of the crash and the air bag hit me hard!” A visit […]
Free virtual class with live Q & A: Cancer survivorship – The Benefits of Exercise
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) cancer care services will host a virtual class entitled “Get Moving Through Cancer Treatment and Beyond, The Benefits of Exercise.” This free, virtual event includes live Q & A and will be held Tuesday, October 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. This presentation will include: benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment, […]
Annual Exams Critically Important
When 69-year-old Mark McNally of Palatine went for his annual exam his primary care physician, Arthur Hong, MD, noted there were no prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results in his file. PSA is something made by the prostate gland — high PSA levels, determined through a simple blood test, may be a sign of prostate cancer, […]
NorthShore Seeks Participants for Clinical Trial
Katherine Kopkash, MD, principal investigator, is currently enrolling patients at high risk of developing breast cancer to participate in a clinical trial using a robotic approach to nipple sparing mastectomies with reconstruction. NorthShore University HealthSystem is the only site in Illinois participating in the study where the entire surgery is performed through a small, 3.5 […]
Annual Exams and Preventive Screenings Save Lives
Beth, a suburban mother of three in her fifties, is thankful that she did not let concerns about COVID-19 stop her from getting an annual exam. That exam ultimately led to a stage 1a breast cancer diagnosis, a lumpectomy to remove a tumor and lymph nodes, and radiation treatment. Because of her family history of […]
Personalized medicine close to home
Early in 2021 Rita Levin of Buffalo Grove did what we hope all patients do annually – she went to her primary care physician for a physical. She received a good report and learned she was well. That is, until she developed a cough that just wouldn’t go away. Her primary care physician tried several […]
Free virtual class with live Q & A: Cancer survivorship — balancing life and cancer
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) cancer care services will host a virtual class entitled “Balancing life and cancer, how setting up boundaries can help you.” This free event includes live Q & A and will be held Thursday, November 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. This presentation will include: setting boundaries at work, setting boundaries with your family, […]
NCH hosts virtual interactive event for breast cancer survivors
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) invites breast cancer survivors and their families to participate in “Hope Grows Everywhere,” a virtual interactive event honoring and celebrating survivors throughout the community. “Hope Grows Everywhere” will create a garden that connects your homes with NCH. This fall, we will honor anyone who currently has, or once had, breast cancer […]
Cancer screening is at an all-time low
NCH joins in national study to close the COVID cancer screening gap One in three Americans will get cancer in their lifetime. Regular cancer screening tests can improve and save your life. In fact, the early detection of breast cancer is critical to preventing mortality. It has helped to decrease the mortality due to breast […]
Free webinar: Estate planning for cancer patients and their families
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) cancer care services will host a virtual session for those with cancer and their loved ones regarding estate planning. This free event includes live Q & A and will be held virtually Tuesday, September 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. Whether you are considering preparing an estate plan for the first time, or […]
Financial assistance available for early lung cancer screening
Qualified current and former smokers no longer experience financial barrier for early detection Highly regarded for advanced treatment and state-of-the-art facilities for patients with lung cancer, Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) has offered a lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT) since 2011. This screening has been shown by research to save lives by finding lung […]
NCH celebrates cancer survivors
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) cancer care services welcomes cancer survivors and their loved ones to gather virtually to celebrate life. Sunday, June 6 is the 34th annual National Cancer Survivor Day and 2021 marks the 20th year NCH has held an event.
The online event will be hosted by Michael Hartke, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at NCH.
How far would you travel for the best care? You don’t have to!
When retired reference librarian Kevin Lause of Gibsonburg, Ohio was diagnosed with stage III pancreatic cancer, he was determined to find the best surgeon to perform his Whipple procedure, a specialized procedure that treats cancer of the pancreas while preserving the entire stomach. He read about Malcolm Bilimoria, M.D., a pancreas and liver surgeon at Northwest Community Healthcare and decided to seek consultation with him.
Breathe easier — advanced lung cancer screening and care are close to home
Mount Prospect resident Mary Jo Thelander has depended on NCH medical staff for her healthcare needs for more than 25 years. Her most serious need was in 2016. A CT scan of her lungs showed what appeared to be lung cancer. She shared with us her experience of surgery and healing.
What every woman should be aware of about ovarian cancer
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.
High Risk Breast Clinic opens at Northwest Community Healthcare
Women from the northwest suburbs living at elevated risk for breast cancer now have access to a hub of prevention and treatment resources at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). Earlier this week, NCH opened a High Risk Breast Clinic that uses the latest technology and evidence-based medicine to evaluate patients’ personal and family history.
COVID-19 concerns for a cancer patient
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.
Think pink, fight breast cancer at fundraisers benefiting Northwest Community Healthcare
During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is grateful for two community organizations – Prospect High School and ESCO – who've joined in the fight against breast cancer.
3D mammography catches breast cancer sooner, reduces false results
Studies have shown that 3D is better than 2D mammography at detecting breast cancer. In the fall of 2018, the NCH Breast Center made 3D mammography the standard of care for all patients. Dr. Henley explains how this difference is improving patient outcomes.