Don’t Blow-Off Your Annual Mammogram!

Posted on : 11-03-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Interview, Mammography, News
Barbara Shoemaker, senior occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital;  Anne McCall, M.D., radiation oncologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital; breast cancer patient and Frankfort resident Theresa Orowick;  Brooke Phillips, M.D., medical oncologist/hematologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, and Kelly Rippon, R.N., oncology nurse.

Barbara Shoemaker, senior occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital; Anne McCall, M.D., radiation oncologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital; breast cancer patient and Frankfort resident Theresa Orowick; Brooke Phillips, M.D., medical oncologist/hematologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, and Kelly Rippon, R.N., oncology nurse.

Since Theresa Orowick was 34-years-old, she was getting annual mammograms due to a history of trauma to her left breast. As time went by, she developed a false sense of security that she was fine and stopped getting mammograms. Then at age 46, she found a lump in her left breast that was diagnosed in an advanced stage of breast cancer.

“Once it was confirmed that I had breast cancer, I was so upset with myself for not continuing to get my annual mammograms,” said the Frankfort resident. “All I kept thinking was if I would have stayed vigilant and not blown-off getting my annual mammogram that maybe my breast cancer wouldn’t be in such an advanced stage.”

Fortunately, Orowick is now 13 months cancer-free, but her advice to other women is simple. “Take care of yourself and get your annual mammogram because early detection can save your life as well as help you avoid more extensive treatments if diagnosed,” states Orowick.

Once diagnosed, Orowick’s physician referred her to Dr. Brooke Phillips, medical oncologist at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross.

“Theresa’s care plan consisted of chemotherapy initially then bi-lateral mastectomy surgery, followed up with radiation and then breast reconstruction surgery,” said Brooke Phillips, M.D., “She now takes tamoxifen to prevent any cancer reoccurrence and gets monthly injections to avoid osteoporosis. We are thrilled with her outcomes and admire her passion to motivate other women to continue to get their annual mammograms.”

Orowick also saw Dr. Anne McCall, a specialist in the use of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer.

“By coming to the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, patients have access to the same advanced technology that is offered at the University of Chicago Medicine at Hyde Park in downtown Chicago,” said Dr. McCall, M.D. “We are fortunate to have highly trained and experienced radiation therapists working at Silver Cross who truly make Theresa’s and all our patients’ treatment so successful.”

After her final surgery, Orowick had several weeks of lymphedema therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital. “Theresa’s case was complex since she had an advanced stage of breast cancer and underwent both breast removal and reconstruction surgeries,” said Barbara Shoemaker, senior occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist with RIC at Silver Cross Hospital. “Theresa’s treatment sessions focused on education regarding lymphedema precautions, as well as massage and stretching exercises to decrease tissue tightness and improve the mobility of her arms.”

“All of the staff at both the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital was great,” said Orowick. “I had a fabulous experience! I received such thoughtful care from all of them. And because both facilities were so close to my home, my mom was able to drive me to my treatments and therapy sessions, which was less stressful than driving downtown.”

Recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

Silver Cross Hospital is making it easier to get advice from breast cancer experts on the next steps to take with a convenient, one-stop experience called the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference. This team meets in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology reviews radiological images and pathology slides on state-of-the-art equipment and develops a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours. Patients who could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference at Silver Cross should contact their primary care physician to be referred to the Breast Conference.

Patients/Staff walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on : 10-27-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Celebration of Health

 Picture 095AFinalAlong with 2,000 men and women of all ages wearing a variety of pink apparel, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health employees and patients participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K (3.1. mile) walked at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on October 5.

“As breast health clinicians, we felt it was important to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk since we interact with many women daily educating them on their breast health and helping those with cancer fight the disease,” said Marci Vasiliades, Director of Imaging Services at Silver Cross Hospital. “We also wanted to help raise awareness for women to get their annual mammograms and support finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Participants in this year’s walk raised over $36,000 to help women learn the importance of early detection and treatment and eliminate breast cancer. The 15th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk brings the entire community together to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of reducing their cancer risk by getting their annual mammograms, and raise funds for lifesaving research and support programs to further fight against breast cancer.

Since 1993, eight million walkers across the United States have collected more than $460 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. To date, there are 300 Strides events scheduled throughout the country. Together, we are making strides towards a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

 

I Matter Members: Save 20% at Jeffrey LaMorte Salon & Day Spa

Posted on : 10-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Jeffrey LaMorte Salon and Spa is offering Silver Cross I Matter members 20% off 20 amazing products in addition to your regular 5-10% off any service through December.

logo“At our salons, we offer only the finest available hair and beauty products,” said Kelly Glister, General Manager. “Before we choose a product for our store, we test it to ensure the ingredients are of the highest quality and that the results are nothing short of spectacular.”

Products on sale include:

Jeffrey LaMorte Brand
Keratin Therapy Shampoo
Keratin Therapy Condition
Keratin Therapy
Elixir 11
Brilliance
Volume Infusion
Freshen Up
Colormoist Conditioner

Kevin Murphy
Shimmer Shine
Night Rider
Hair Resort Spray

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Blonde Shampoo
Blonde Condition
Blonde Balm
Curl Spray
 
Aquage
Finishing Spray
Transforming Spray
Freezing Spray

Misc.
Green Envee Scrubs
Moroccanoil Brushes (excludes Boar Bristle Brushes)

IMatter Discount CardTo take advantage of these exciting offers, just show your I Matter member card at time of purchase at one of these locations:

  • Frankfort:      815-469-0660
  • Orland Park:    708-364-0660
  • Lemont:           630-243-0660

You can either call one of the numbers above or book your appointment online. If you don’t have an I Matter card or yours has expired, you will receive one next time you come to the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for your mammogram.   And if you book your screening before the end of October, you can take advantage of the special $100 price if you choose to pay at time of service. It’s our way of rewarding you for taking care of yourself during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

 

3D Mammograms are Here!

Posted on : 10-02-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Mammography, News

3DMammographyAlthough no special glasses are needed, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is now detecting breast cancer even earlier using breakthrough 3D mammography. 

Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, uses advanced imaging technology to produce a three-dimensional image of the breast. It provides a clearer, more accurate view compared to digital mammography alone. 

“Conventional digital mammography produces one image of overlapping tissue, making it sometimes difficult to detect cancers,” says Dr. Aaron Guajardo, radiologist at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.   “When combined with digital mammography using the same scanner, breast tomosynthesis takes multiple images and reconstructs them to create a 3D view of the entire breast. We can now see areas of concern from all angles.”

Benefits of 3D mammography can include:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden during digital mammography
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
  • Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
  • Clearer images of dense breast tissue

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call (815) 300-7076 or request an appointment online A physician’s order is required.  Patients will be screened to determine if they could benefit from breast tomosynthesis.

Women who choose Silver Cross for their annual mammography screening can also take advantage of Silver Cross’ free I Matter® program which rewards patients for taking care of themselves.  At the time of appointment, patients receive their I Matter membership card. This card can be used at over 100 local businesses for unlimited discounts.  Sign-up today.

$100 Could Save Your Life!

Posted on : 09-19-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Discounts, Mammography, News, screening

 4572783986croppedSilver Cross offers discounted breast and lung cancer screenings for a limited time

Don’t let your health insurance coverage stop you from taking care of yourself.  Silver Cross is offering discounted screenings to diagnose breast and lung cancer through Dec. 31, 2014. The cost of each screening is just $100 (including the radiologist fee).  Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment.  Insurance will not be billed.  To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7076 or request an appointment.  A physician’s order is required for both tests. 

CT Lung Cancer Screening

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen offers low dose screening CT scans to identify lung cancer in high risk patients.  The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends annual screening in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.  A 30-pack year is the equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years.

Mammography Screening

Annual mammograms help detect breast cancer early and improve the chances that it can be treated successfully. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older should have a mammography screening every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Both screening and diagnostic mammograms are offered at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health located in Pavilion B, 1870 Silver Cross Bld., New Lenox.  Patients who sign-up for the free I Matter program online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) will receive discounts at over 100 local businesses at the time of their mammography appointment. 

 

 

New Treatments for Breast Cancer

Posted on : 09-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Events, Health Tips, News

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. On the contrary, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently in the United States. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program where a panel of physicians will discuss new breast cancer treatments and how more women can become survivors of the disease.

Free Program

Join University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross experts Dr. Anne McCall, radiation oncologist and Dr. Grace K. Suh, medical oncologist, along with Dr. Andre Edwards, radiologist on staff at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, for a discussion on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and a look at new diagnostics and treatment options used to treat women with breast cancer. Participants will win a gift bag and be entered into a drawing to receive a free mammography screening. The Cancer Support Center will also share information about local services for cancer patients and families. This free program will occur on Tuesday, October 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“A majority of breast cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular mammogram screenings are very important,” said Dr. Andre Edwards, musculoskeletal radiology and board-certified radiology physician who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.

Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk factors for breast cancer include older age, specific inherited genetic alterations, hormone therapy, having radiation therapy to the chest, consuming alcohol, and being overweight. It may be possible to decrease the risk of breast cancer by getting exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

New Coordinated Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

Patients can now get recommendations from a group of breast cancer experts on the next steps to take with a convenient, one-stop experience through a new Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that is available at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

“We know women are extremely busy taking care of everyone else in their lives, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get all the necessary information and medical opinions to make an informed decision as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Suh. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

The multi-disciplinary team meets in the Cancer Center for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology review the patients’ clinical information, radiological images and pathology slides with state-of-the-art equipment to develop a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours.

“Having all of the specialists in one room, at one time, improves communication and allows for sharing information with each other. The physicians benefit by being able to talk about the treatment plan together, and the patient benefits from timely recommendations by a team of experts,” said Dr. McCall.

Patients now benefit from a wide array of breast cancer tests and treatments on the Silver Cross campus including digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation therapies including clinical trials. Prone breast radiation is available, where radiation is administered on a specially-designed table to help the woman lie more comfortably in the prone position, on her stomach, which may prevent radiation to the underlying heart and lung. Certain women may also be able to receive their radiation in only three weeks. In addition, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

Patients who could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference should contact their primary care physician.

They Found a Breast Lump. Now what?

Posted on : 08-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Mammography, News

It’s every woman’s worst fear—finding a lump in her breast. Before panicking, get advice from experts on the next steps to take. And now Silver Cross is making it easier than ever before with a convenient, one-stop experience.  

“We know women are extremely busy taking care of everyone else in their lives, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get all the necessary information and medical opinions to make an informed decision as quickly as possible,” said Grace Suh, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital medical oncologist. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

Front:  Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back:  Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.

Front: Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back: Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.

The multi-disciplinary team meets in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology reviews radiological images and pathology slides on state-of-the-art equipment and develops a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours.

“By having all the specialists in one room at one time improves communications among caregivers and makes it easier to provide recommendations for the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Anne McCall, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital radiation oncologist.

Patients now benefit from a wide array of breast cancer tests and treatments on the Silver Cross campus including digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation therapies including clinical trials. With the recent addition of Dr. Matthew Endara to the team, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

“Early detection as well as prompt and precise treatment is the key to fighting cancer, which is why all the specialists involved in the Breast Conference are donating their time and expertise to provide Silver Cross patients with this unique opportunity close to home,” said Dr. Mark Danielson, general surgeon at Silver Cross.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference, please contact your primary care physician for a referral. If you don’t have a regular physician, find one here.

 

 

 

 

I Matter Benefit: Discounts at De Re Tire & Auto

Posted on : 05-28-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News, screening

Can your tires handle that summer road trip?  Now is the time to find out.  Get over to De Re Tire & Auto and take advantage of your I Matter discount on a new set of wheels before your next vacation.

Ladies, when you come to Silver Cross Hospital for your annual mammogram or heart screening, you receive an I Matter membership card which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses.  After your first screening, your I Matter card entitles you to 5% off unlimited purchases with our I Matter business partners.  If you have both screenings in one year, your discount increases to 10%.  To schedule your screenings, request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076. 

If you are not an I Matter member, join today for free.  Sign-up online.

DeRe—a Family Owned Business for 70 Years

The De Re customer service formula that combines integrity, expertise and reliability, was established by Geno De Re when he opened his auto body and paint shop on Chicago’s south side in the late 1940’s.

Now, 40 years after the opening of the first De Re Tire & Auto facility, Geno’s sons, Gary and Brian, are carrying on that tradition of quality, professionalism and friendly service.

In each one of the clean, modern De Re Tire & Auto locations, you will be welcomed with the care and concern you would expect from a family owned and operated business. Their 40+ year track record of integrity and expertise is only the beginning…

  • De Re Tire & Auto employs ASE Certified Technicians
  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • Complete line tires from the most respected brands, including Goodyear, Michelin, and more
  • Factory scheduled maintenance
  • Each facility features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that rivals any auto dealership
  • We use original equipment grade replacement parts.
  • Same-day service
  • Courtesy pick-up and drop-off service to most areas
  • Clean, modern waiting areas with Wi-Fi

Call or visit your nearby De Re Tire & Auto facility, and experience the De Re difference.

De Re Tire & Auto

  • 430 N. Nelson Road, New Lenox (815) 462-5700
  • 8843 W. 159th Street, Orland Hills (708) 403-4500
  • 5209 W. 159th Street, Oak Forest (708) 687-1082
  • 17956 Halsted Street, Homewood (708) 957-9070

Rewarding Mothers Today and Everyday

Posted on : 04-22-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Business Sponsors, Health Tips, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News

Moms are busy women.  They take care of their family, home and community.  Because they matter in the lives of so many, Silver Cross Hospital rewards these special women for taking care of themselves—not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.  Women who join the free IMatter program receive valuable discounts at over 120 local businesses just for getting a mammogram at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  Click here to sign-up or for more information about the program.

In recognition of Mother’s Day, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is also offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 for those who prefer to pay at time of appointment; insurance will not be billed.   Women can take advantage of the discounted price by requesting an appointment online or calling (815) 300-7076 during the month of May to schedule an appointment before June 30, 2014.  A doctor’s order is required for the mammogram. Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or  click here for a free referral.

Advanced Diagnostics, Special Care

The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. Located on the new Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, the Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. Set in a spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle including mammography, breast ultrasound including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, bone densitometry, and a breast cancer support group.

“At the Center, we use only digital mammography technology to provide our patients with the best service and care,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “Patients can bring their old films in and we will scan and transfer them to the digital format for easy comparison.”

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are warmer and more flexible, which ultimately provide women with a more comfortable experience.  Following the screening, women can call a 24-hour mammogram hotline to obtain their test results alleviating any anxiety. 

“Our patients really enjoy the service and the amenities,” said Vasiliades.  “They consistently rank us in the top 2% in the nation for patient satisfaction according to Press Ganey.

Silver Cross is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

In addition to having this special accreditation, the Center is also unique in that there is a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™).  This specialized nurse guides patients through the next steps in their care.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.

I Matter Benefit: $25 off Cache’

Posted on : 03-12-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Business Sponsors, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits

One of the newest I Matter membership business partners, Caché offers a contemporary collection for the fashion-conscious woman. From day wear to night life, Caché has something for every woman. Known for their bold and exciting prints, Caché specializes in lifestyle sportswear and dresses. Located in Orland Square Mall, this retailer is the go-to place. I Matter members who shop here will receive $25 off of $125 spent or $50 off of $250 spent.

 How can you save at Cache?

It’s easy! Once you have joined the free Silver Cross I Matter program, you will receive your membership card when you come in for your annual mammogram or baseline heart screening. You can request an appointment online or by calling 815-300-7076. Keep in mind that a physician’s order is required for all mammograms. Your I Matter membership card is your gateway to savings at over 70 local businesses including Cache’.  So, if you are not currently an I Matter member, sign-up online today.