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.

New Methods to Treat Breast Cancer

Posted on : 03-07-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Events

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013 an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed this year (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).  Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free lecture to teach how treatment of the disease has evolved over time.

 Free Program

Join Grace Suh, M.D., clinical associate at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, for a discussion – Treatment of Breast Cancer – on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and on new therapies currently being used to treat the disease.  This free program will be held Tuesday, March 25, 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 at www.silvercross.org 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. Grace Suh, hematology and oncology physician, with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital

What is breast cancer?

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.

Treating Breast Cancer

“When breast cancer is diagnosed, our physicians develop a treatment plan that is individualized to the patient,” said Dr. Suh.  “Thanks to the latest medical and surgical approaches that we offer, many women with the disease have an excellent chance of being cured.  We treat even the most resistant tumors with a range of treatments–some of which aren’t available at many other medical centers.”

I Matter Benefit: 10% Virgin Mobile

Posted on : 02-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News

Virgin Mobile has been a no contract, wireless service provider since 2002. Offering unlimited 3G web and data plans on android powered devices with no contracts, what could be better?  How about valuable discounts of any product at the Virgin Mobile store at Orland Square Mall?  That’s right.  Now I Matter members can receive 10% off any product when they get their  annual mammogram or heart screening at Silver Cross Hospital

How does it work?

If you are not already an I Matter member, sign-up for free online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Then call (815) 300-7076 for your annual screening mammogram or baseline heart screening appointment. You can also request an appointment online.  Just a reminder, a physician’s order is required for all mammograms. And, if you call before the end of February to schedule your heart screening, you will also receive a box of Dan’s Homemade Candies.  How sweet is that!

When you come in for your screening appointment, you will receive your I Matter membership card which you can use for valuable savings at over 70 local businesses including Virgin Mobile and other retailers at Orland Square Mall. It’s that simple!

$100 Mammograms are Back for Limited Time

Posted on : 10-01-2013 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Events, Mammography, News, Video

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 to women who call in between Oct. 1 and 31 to make an appointment by Nov. 30, 2013. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed.  Please mention SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order.  Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a free referral.

 Plus, through the Silver Cross free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 50 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.  To learn more, visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

5 Important Things to Know about Mammograms

Posted on : 09-23-2013 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Events, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News
  1. They can save your life. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they’re at high risk.
  2. Don’t be afraid. Mammography is a quick procedure (about 20 minutes), and discomfort is minimal for most women. The procedure is safe. There’s only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram. And, to relieve your anxiety of waiting to get the results, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health can learn their results within 24 hours or less. 
  3. Get the best quality you can. The new gold standard is a digital mammogram which is recorded onto a computer so that doctors can enlarge certain sections to look at them more closely.  If this is your first time at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, bring your past mammogram films/results with you so our board certified onsite radiologists can look for changes year to year.  And, be prepared to talk about previous unusual findings or symptoms with the technologist who performs the mammogram.  On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant, since these can show up on the film and interfere with the test results.  Finally, avoid scheduling your mammogram at a time when your breasts are swollen or tender, such as right before your period.
  4. Mammography is our most powerful breast cancer detection tool. However, mammograms can still miss 20% of breast cancers that are simply not visible using this technique. Other important tools such as breast self-exam, clinical breast examination, and possibly ultrasound or MRI (both are available at Silver Cross), can and should be used as complementary tools, but there are no substitutes or replacements for a mammogram.
  5. An unusual result requiring further testing does not always mean you have breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10% of women who have a mammogram will require more tests. Only 8-10% of these women will need a biopsy, and about 80% of these biopsies will turn out not to be cancer. It’s normal to worry if you get called back for more testing, but try not to assume the worst until you have more information. 

And now you can get yours for just $100!

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 to women who call in between Oct. 1 and 31 to make an appointment by Nov. 30, 2013. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed.  Please mention SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order.  Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a free referral.

 Plus, through the Silver Cross free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 50 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.  To learn more, visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

Volunteer today for a cancer-free tomorrow

Posted on : 08-27-2013 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Events

What if you could prevent even one family from hearing the words “you have cancer”?
This year you can fight back against cancer by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s research study called the Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). By joining CPS-3, you can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Who can join the study?
The study is open to anyone who:

  • Is between 30 and 65 years old
  • Has never been diagnosed with cancer
  • Will complete follow-up surveys at home every few years for the next 20-30 years

How can you participate?
Participation is easy. Your initial enrollment requires two steps and will involve the followin g:
1) Schedule an enrollment time at http://cps3illinois.org. You will complete your first, most comprehensive survey. This survey will ask you questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, lifestyle and other behaviors and will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes to comp lete.
2) At your onsite appointment, you will sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample by a certified, trained phlebotomist. Your appointment should last approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

Be A Champion!
As a volunteer champion, you are making a difference by supporting this once-in-a-generation, historic research study and helping us to spread the word about this opportunity! Register today at www.cps3illinois.org to participate at Silver Cross Hospital on Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion A Conference Center.

Second UCM Radiation Oncologist Joins Cancer Center

Posted on : 08-13-2013 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, News, Welcome!

Daniel W. Golden, MD, a specialist in the use of radiation-therapy to treat cancers of the central nervous system, head and neck, gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary system, has joined the cancer care team at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

The $21.6 million, 20,000-square-foot outpatient cancer-treatment center, which opened June 2012 on Silver Cross Hospital’s campus, brings the expertise of University of Chicago Medicine cancer specialists and easy access to advanced and investigational therapies to a convenient community hospital setting. Dr. Golden joins Anne McCall, M.D., Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Silver Cross Hospital.  Using the TrueBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, more than 300 patients received image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) at the Cancer Center in the past year.  IGRT precisely targets the tumor from nearly any direction to provide the best results.

“This is an exciting place to practice medicine,” Golden said. “The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross combines outstanding technology and access to the most promising proven and investigational therapies with a convenient community setting. The team here is extremely collegial, and we enjoy continual interactions with our colleagues at the University of Chicago Medicine, which has one of the nation’s leading cancer programs.”

The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center maintains more active clinical trials for the treatment of cancer than any other program in Illinois. Radiation therapy, as well as access to innovative clinical trials, is vital to the treatment of a range of cancers.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Golden, 32, completed his residency in radiation oncology and a fellowship in medical education at the University of Chicago. He joined the University of Chicago faculty as an assistant professor of radiation and cellular oncology in 2013.

The co-author of more than 40 publications and scientific abstracts on the clinical applications of radiation therapy, Golden has received honors for his research and his dedication to teaching medical students. He is also a Level 3 alpine ski instructor, the highest certification offered by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and is certified as an open-water SCUBA diver by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.