Cancer Care & Services
Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening ordeal that can significantly impact every aspect of your life. Recognizing this, Palos Health offers an array of inpatient and outpatient health care services to meet your oncology needs. Palos has been granted The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of nation-wide surveys performed during 2011 and again in 2014.
Our Oncology unit at Palos Hospital provides care and services for patients experiencing various stages of cancer, from diagnosis through surgical and chemotherapeutic treatment. The unit, located in Palos Heights, IL, also provides short-stay service (eight hours or less) for patients in need of cancer-related intravenous treatment modalities.
Detection and Treatment
Various hospital departments participate in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Radiology provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic services that include general radiology, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, MRI, interventional procedures, ultrasound and 3D Mammography™. Such diagnostic services as stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies also are offered. Close coordination with Pathology ensures patients receive a timely report on all biopsies.
The hospital offers a program for patients afflicted with lymphedema, which includes one-on-one counseling and program development based on individual patient needs.
Physicians who may provide treatment to cancer patients are neither employees nor agents of Palos Health.
Cancer Rehab at Palos Hospital aims to address the negative impact cancer treatment can have on an individual’s quality of life. The Cancer Rehab team offers specialized treatments for cancer patients, including a baseline evaluation to access strength, endurance, flexibility and range of motion. For additional information, call 708.590.5206.
Because cancer and treatment can affect so many different parts of the body, Palos Health takes a team approach to promote overall wellness during cancer treatment. Below are some additional resources that may help.
Specially trained nurse Navigators guide you through the disease process, from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and survivorship.They assist you and your family in making informed decisions about your care.
Pastoral Care works in conjunction with Social Services and Nursing to provide support services to cancer patients on both an individual basis when they are hospitalized and in a group setting for outpatients.
Social Services provides illness counseling and education about the community resources available to cancer patients and their families. The department provides discharge planning services and, when appropriate, arranges palliative and supportive care, home health care, hospice care, medical equipment and nursing home placements.
A registered dietitian monitors all patients admitted to the oncology unit. The dietitian works closely with other health care professionals to ensure that adequate nutritional care and guidance are provided.
Palliative & Supportive Care is designed to address distressing symptoms such as pain, difficulties breathing or nausea among others. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering while improving quality of life.
Palos Home Health's Private Duty and Hospice are intimately involved in cancer care, providing patients a full-service support team ready to assist those recovering from hospital stays, the chronically ill, persons with functional impairments and those needing specialized skilled care at home.
The Caregiver Resource Center at Palos Hospital offers guidance, information and support in caring for a loved one. Located off the main lobby, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Speech pathologists are available to evaluate cancer patients and provide therapy and education to preserve and restore the ability to talk and swallow before, during and after treatment.