Cancer Care at NCH

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NCH is a leader in cancer care. For your peace of mind, we have invested in state-of-the art technology that allow us to not only accurately diagnose you, but provide less invasive treatment options. These treatments offer reduced side effects and improved outcomes. A multidisciplinary team of specialized cancer physicians provide expert, personalized care. A team of patient navigators, dietitians, social workers and rehab specialists coordinate your individualized treatment plan and walk beside you on each step of your cancer journey.

The NCH Advantage

  • Top Cancer Specialists – NCH Surgeons, Oncologists, Pathologists & Radiologists
  • Latest Cancer Treatments – Including CyberKnife® and da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • Pediatric Oncology Expertise Onsite oncology and surgery specialist from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Chicago
  • Close-to-Home Convenience – Local facilities staffed with leading cancer specialists
  • Coordinated, Compassionate Care – Multidisciplinary medical team creates individualized treatment plan; advanced practice nurses, social workers, dietitians, patient navigators support your journey
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Through the integration of sophisticated genomic testing and health history information, our multidisciplinary team of physicians, researchers, laboratory scientists, genetic counselors and patient navigators can seamlessly provide you with the most appropriate methods for preventing, predicting and treating various diseases and conditions.

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New technology protects the heart during radiation treatment

Halcyon™ radiation technology targets tumors with improved accuracy, speed and comfort

NCH was the first hospital in Illinois—and in the Tri-state area—to add a Halcyon radiotherapy system to its Radiation Oncology Department. Treatment with Halcyon is noninvasive, individualized and usually completed in less time than conventional machines. Additionally, the Halcyon radiotherapy system has been re-engineered from the ground up for improved performance and comfort.

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Halcyon delivers a precise, tightly focused radiation dose that conforms to the shape or the tumor while minimizing the impact on surrounding healthy tissue.

The entire system has been streamlined for better efficiency, getting patients in and out of treatment quickly.

With an integrated camera and intercom, the radiation therapist can focus more on the patient and less on the technology.

The word “halcyon” means quiet, peaceful and calm. A spacious opening, ambient lighting and a low table position give patients a quiet and comfortable treatment experience.

Halcyon radiation therapy can treat a number of cancers, including brain, head and neck, prostate, lung and breast cancer.

To learn more about this technology or make an appointment with an NCH Radiation Oncologist, call 847-618-6560.

Advanced Technology. Safer, More Effective Treatments.

Earlier detection. Better results. Fewer risks. NCH advanced technology gives you all three. Your cancer is treated more safely and effectively. You enjoy a higher level of patient care. Our technologies provide greater precision, less pain, faster recovery, and a lower risk of post-treatment side effects.

C-RAD Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS)

A technology that protects the heart during radiation treatment. The C-RAD Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) is the latest addition to Radiation Oncology at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). The advanced technology pinpoints radiation treatment to tumor sites. It allows patients and their tumor to be monitored for movement while radiation treatment is administered.

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OSMS tracks the patient’s position before and during radiation therapy, aiding in setup and treatment accuracy using 3D stereo camera units. Additionally, it tracks the patient’s skin surface throughout treatment and compares it to the ideal position for the patient with sub-millimeter accuracy. OSMS automatically signals as the patient moves out of alignment, helping adjust and realign the treatment delivery system to target the patient’s tumor.

“When radiation is delivered, we’re trying to optimally deliver dose the tumor and avoid the normal structures such as the heart or lungs. This new technology allows us to precisely image the patient and the motion of the tumor, so we can block the normal tissues and decrease toxicity, both in the short and long term for patients”, explains Stephen Nigh, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Cancer Services at NCH.

C-Rad technology is primarily used as a solution to reduce damage to the heart from radiation for patients with left-sided breast cancer. OSMS gates the radiation beam with the patient’s breathing, so that the radiation beam automatically turns off when the heart gets into the path of the radiation, which is picked up by the cameras monitoring the patients’ skin surface. Published data shows that it decreased the heart volume that was exposed to radiation by 50%.

Watch Dr. Nigh explain how C-RAD works.

It can also be effective for patients with lung, pancreatic and even prostate cancer, where precise treatment is needed.

If you are interested in learning more about this technology or to make an appointment with an NCH Radiation Oncologist, call 847-618-6560.

CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System (SRS) 

A non-invasive alternative to surgery for cancer. It uses an extremely accurate, computer-controlled robotic arm to target cancer tumors with high dose radiation. Treatment duration is shorter than traditional radiation therapies for cancer. We were the first hospital in the Chicago area to offer this groundbreaking cancer-fighting technology. Learn more about CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System

da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

The gold standard for minimally invasive cancer surgery. This breakthrough technology allows a surgeon to view 3-D images of the surgical field while sitting at a computer console. Hand, wrist, and finger movements are translated into precise robotic arm movements. This gives surgeons greater precision and the patient less pain, fewer side effects and a shorter hospital stay after cancer surgery. Learn more about da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

Wide Bore 4D CT

Accurately targets cancerous tumors with radiation while sparing the surrounding tissue.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Radiation therapy that delivers a finely tuned dose of radiation, precisely tailored to match the tumor in three dimensions, while leaving the surrounding tissue relatively untouched. 

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