Technology and Treatments
Advanced and comprehensive. Close to home.
At Ingalls Cancer Care, the best technology and treatments are always within reach. Through locations in Harvey, Tinley Park and Flossmoor,
Ingalls offers the most advanced and comprehensive technology in Chicago's south suburbs, making it easy to receive treatment locally. In fact,
Ingalls was the first hospital in the south suburbs to offer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which selectively radiates tumors
while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. Our patients enjoy the best technology available including IMRT, IGRT, PET/CT scanning, digital
mammography, and a host of minimally invasive cancer treatment therapies like chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), cryoablation
and Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT).
What's more, our doctors are constantly improving the standard of care for cancer treatment. Ingalls cancer specialists work together with
experts from across the nation, with the entire Ingalls cancer team, and with you to deliver the most comprehensive diagnostics, treatment,
and rehabilitative care in the south suburbs.
When surgery is the first line of attack
Our board-certified surgeons offer surgical treatments for nearly every type of cancer. Advanced surgical techniques include minimally
invasive procedures that remove tumors while preserving as much normal function as possible. When necessary, reconstructive surgery is also
available by board-certified reconstructive surgeons. After surgery, every Ingalls cancer patient enjoys the comfort and security of a private
hospital room. And Ingalls provides a suite of cancer comfort services through a unique partnership with Faye's Light, a local cancer comfort
care provider. Weekly massages, facials and manicures are completely free to Ingalls cancer inpatients.
Cancer treatment with fewer side effects
One myth surrounding cancer therapy is that the side effects of treatment can be worse than the disease. Today, we are reducing the side
effects of treatment by precisely targeting tumors while protecting healthy tissue. Chemotherapy is better tolerated. Therapies are completed
faster and more effectively than ever before. And because Ingalls is focused on individualized care, we provide the resources patients need to
fight, win, and move on with their lives. For your added convenience, we offer comprehensive infusion services at the Ingalls Outpatient
Infusion Centers located at the main hospital campus in Harvey, and at our Family Care Centers in Tinley Park and Flossmoor.
Moving beyond cancer's grip
People would like to beat their cancer and pick up right where they left off. But life after cancer isn't always that simple, so Ingalls
provides support services to help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotional, psychological and social effects of cancer.
Through our collaboration with the Cancer Support Center in Homewood, Ingalls provides a dedicated resource library, screenings and education,
individual and family counseling, exercise and wellness programs, stress management, expressive arts, nutrition classes, social events, support
groups, and grief support. For patients recovering from breast cancer treatment, Ingalls has the area's only STAR-certified Cancer Rehabilitation
Program, which hastens recovery, and improves comfort and quality of life for each patient. And, Ingalls offers a variety of complementary
medicine treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, massage and more through the Ingalls Wellness Center in -Flossmoor.
And to ensure the maximum number of quality years for our cancer survivors, Ingalls offers a comprehensive survivorship program. The program
is coordinated by an advanced practice nurse/nurse navigator and offers a survivorship care plan, personal and customized education, medical
surveillance guidelines, directed navigation to health professional services, survivorship seminars and workshops and resources.
Here are some of the additional support services available to cancer patients and survivors:
Faye's Light is a not-for-profit organization that provides quality-of-life services to those currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
These services complement medical care and include holistic treatments and spa services, with a focus on mind, body, and spirit...all at
no cost to the recipient. Visit Faye’s light website at http://www.fayeslight.org/.
The Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center in Homewood was formed in 1994, when six Southland women worked together to open a home-like
center (with location in Homewood) for people in more than 70 Chicago southland and Northwest Indiana communities.
The Center provides services free of charge to a diverse participant base including cancer patients, caregivers, children, teens and
friends of the cancer patient. In addition to support groups, individual and family counseling sessions and the Center’s comprehensive
Resource Center, wellness programs are offered on a weekly basis. Participants enjoy yoga, qi gong, meditation, relaxation and massage
therapy. On average, the Center staff responds to more than 300 calls or visits to the Homewood location. Visit the Cancer Support
Center's website at http://www.cancersupportcenter.org/.
Today’s life-saving cancer treatments may cause side effects that require physical rehabilitation to help patients manage their pain,
regain certain abilities and restore their quality of life. That’s why Ingalls has created the area’s only Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
The Ingalls program is based on well-documented research that shows exercise and other therapy interventions can help:
- Reduce fatigue and depression
- Maintain weight, muscle mass and range of motion
- Promote strength and flexibility
- Restore balance
- Eliminate pain
- Improve quality of life.
The cancer rehabilitation team at Ingalls includes highly skilled physical therapists trained and certified in lymphedema treatment,
occupational therapists, physicians, nurses and other clinical specialists who understand the unique needs of people undergoing treatment
for and recovering from cancer.
Located at the Flossmoor Family Care Center, the Ingalls Wellness Center provides a full range
of complementary medicine treatment to offer patients relief from pain, increased flexibility, an alternative to surgery or a supplement
before or after surgery. Services include , yoga, smoking cessation, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
Through the Ingalls Outpatient Infusion Centers, located at our main hospital campus in Harvey, and at Ingalls Family Care Centers
in Tinley Park and Flossmoor, Ingalls offers comprehensive infusion therapies for a wide variety of patients, including patients
undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment. All infusion treatments are given by our specially trained infusion nurses in a comfortable
setting, complete with recliner chairs, televisions, headphones and more.
Quality of Patient Care Reports
Ingalls Memorial Hospital Cancer Program continuously monitors the quality of patient care provided for all cancer diagnoses. Additionally,
through the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) web-based quality reporting tool – Cancer Programs Practice
Profile Reports (CP3R) – Ingalls Memorial Hospital Cancer Program monitors specific standard – of – care measures related to breast and
colon cancer. These accountability measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and are used to both improve the quality
of data collected for these disease sites and the clinical management and coordination of patient care in the multidisciplinary care setting.
The four quality measures are:
- BCS (Breast Conserving Surgery) – Radiation therapy is administered within one year (365 days) of diagnosis for women under age 70
receiving breast conserving surgery for breast cancer.
- MAC (Multiagent Chemotherapy) – Combination chemotherapy is considered or administered within four months (120 days) of diagnosis
for women under age 70 with T1cN0M0, or Stage II or III hormone receptor negative breast cancer.
- HT (Hormone Therapy) Tamoxifen or third generation aromatase inhibitor is considered or administered within one year (365 days)
of diagnosis for women with T1cN0M0, or Stage II or III hormone receptor positive breast cancer.
- ACT (Adjuvant Chemotherapy) – Adjuvant chemotherapy is considered or administered within four months (120 days) of diagnosis for patients
under the age of 80 with Stage III (lymph node positive) colon cancer.
The above chart shows that a higher percentage of patients with breast and colon cancer treated at Ingalls Memorial Hospital receive
care according to these standards when compared with CoC hospitals in Illinois as well as nationwide.
The CP3R is a dynamic, web-based tool that can be accessed at any time by cancer programs to update their data and therefore, the
comparison data shown above is subject to change at any time.