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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Enjoying life’s simple pleasures, pain-free
After two knee replacements in less than two years, Pam Garceau shares her experience with both traditional and robotic procedures. When the little things you enjoy become difficult or impossible to do without pain, it’s time to find a solution. Sometimes – like in the case of Wheeling resident Pam Garceau – the solution includes […]
Life back to normal
For nearly three years, Rose Agriel, 42, of Chicago, was deprived of a full night’s sleep, waking up 4-6 times a night to use the bathroom. She woke up wet after most nights and regularly experienced urinary leakage throughout the daytime from coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercising. “I thought I had a kidney or bladder […]
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.
A different kind of hip replacement
It was approximately three years ago when Wheeling resident Celia Johnson started experiencing what she considered an “annoying discomfort” in her right hip. “It wasn’t long until it progressed into consistent pain and limited range of motion,” Johnson describes. “As the pain increased I walked with a pronounced limp.”
In November 2019, Johnson finally received an official diagnosis ― osteoarthritis of the hip. And she finally decided it was time to do something about her pain.
No ‘butts’ about it, this test is crucial
A colonoscopy is the most reliable way to prevent and detect colon cancer. Polyps are found in at least 25 percent of men and women over the age of 50 through colonoscopies. As most colon cancer begins as precancerous polyps (called adenomas), detecting and removing these polyps are key to preventing cancer. Learn about one patient’s experience having this procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sooner, rather than later
Most people do not look forward to medical procedures, but Diane was disappointed when the State ordered hospitals to cancel all elective procedures during COVID-19 and, as a result, her surgery was postponed. “I was looking forward to having it done,” she says. When NCH could resume procedures on June 4, Diane was one of the first to schedule the surgery she missed.
When 48-year-old Buffalo Grove resident Patricia Krug was a teenager, she was in a car accident and unknowingly tore her right anterior cruciate ligament (ALC). Over the years, Patricia developed progressive arthritis and deformity in her knee. In 2013, Thomas Kim, M.D. scoped Patricia’s knee to clean up some meniscus tears followed by lubricating injections […]
Dr. Mark Jacquot is a recently retired optometrist living in St. Charles. Ever since his high school days, Mark has led a very active lifestyle. About 20 years ago, his knee pain started and kept increasing over time. He tried a number of different treatments, but they all just provided temporary relief. Then in 2019, […]
Minimally invasive TAVR procedure repairs patient’s heart valve
Ed Pufunt first experienced heart trouble in 2006 when doctors at another healthcare system said he needed emergency quintuple bypass surgery. The 85-year-old recalls spending five days in the hospital and another two months at home recovering.
Gastric bypass patient says goodbye to old habits, extra pounds and insulin
For most of her life, Vicki Mesa of Mount Prospect struggled with her weight. But after undergoing gastric bypass surgery with Benjamin Veenstra, M.D. and participating in the Comprehensive Weight Management Program under the direction of Monika Cohen, M.D., she’s now learning the difference between head hunger and real hunger, as well as what it means to live a healthy life.
Patient says he almost fell asleep during relaxing radiation treatment
Far from frightening, the Halcyon system, used for delivering radiation therapy at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), is comfortable, quick and quiet, according to patient Joe Nitti, a 59-year-old salesman who completed 25 treatments.
One overnight hospital stay relieves heart issue for retiree
Barry Carlson spent six decades of his life without any hint of heart trouble. But stress played a role in heart symptoms that surfaced around the time of his daughter’s wedding three and a half years ago. At that same time, he was nearing the end of a high-pressure sales job where he spent more than three decades.
GERD gone, thanks to TIF procedure
Usually heartburn is the key symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), a common digestive disorder that results in acid reflux and affects about 30 percent of Americans. But Nancy L., a 63-year-old retired Barrington resident started out with a strange symptom. She kept losing her voice.
Fast-acting ED staff helps boy with coffee burn
“I was sleeping in and my husband Jon was in his office drinking coffee,” reflects Tanya, the mother of 3-year-old Alec. “Alec was sitting on Jon’s lap. Jon said, ‘Daddy needs more coffee.’” That’s all it took for the helpful young child to take off running toward the kitchen where he promptly pulled down a heavy, glass carafe filled with hot coffee.