$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 at http://imatter.silvercross.org/ or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) will receive discounts at over 100 local businesses at the time of their mammography appointment. 

 

 

Breast Cancer Physician Panel Focuses on New Treatments

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,” saidDr. 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.

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.