Did you know that there are approximately 4,800 Will County residents diagnosed with cancer (including breast cancer) every year? Often, people seek treatments at academic medical centers. This may require long travel times to unfamiliar places adding additional stress for patients and their families during what is already a traumatic time.
The University of Chicago Medical Center is nationally known for their expertise in cancer treatment:
- Ranks as one of the best cancer hospitals in US News & World Report
- Is one of only 40 centers in the United States that is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Offers more clinical trials than any other program in the Chicago metro area.
The two hospitals recently submitted a Certificate of Need application to the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Planning Board to build a the UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CANCER CENTER at SILVER CROSS HOSPITAL on our Replacement Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. The Cancer Center is planned to open in 2012.
Services would include:
- Medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion
- Radiation therapy
- Cancer support groups, prevention and screenings
- Cancer resource center
LEND YOUR SUPPORT!
If you agree that having a world-renowned Cancer Center nearby is good for our community, you can support us by attending a Public Hearing on Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in the New Lenox Village Hall Community Room. You don’t need to speak—just come out and show your support. However, if you would like to say a few words or write a letter to share how having a Cancer Center in our community could or would have benefited you and your family, please contact us.