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Breast Cancer Patients Among the First to be Treated at New Grayslake Facility

Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center October 18, 2010

Hospital’s Grayslake Cancer Center cuts commutes, offers holistic style of healing 

LAKE FOREST, IL – A state-of-the-art 8,750 square-foot cancer center is now open at Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center, offering patients in northwest Lake County better access to cutting-edge radiation and infusion therapy services.

Mary Catherine Ryan, a breast cancer patient, was one of the first local residents to be treated there. She drives herself to the center five days a week for her care. “The radiation treatments are only a minor blip in my day. It isn’t hard to live a regular life and find time for my appointments,” Ryan says. “The center reduced my commute time by half, and I’m very grateful for that.”

Also contributing to Ryan’s positive experience is the environment where she receives her care. “The new center makes me feel at home. The friendly staff and the building itself help alleviate my fears,” Ryan says. The facility looks out on acres of prairieland and offers floor-to-ceiling windows in many treatment areas.

Joseph Imperato, MD, FACR, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, sees breast cancer patients at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center. “Breast cancer attacks the essence of what it means to be female,” Imperato says. “Anything that we can do to ease the treatment process is important to us. It’s great to hear that our patients are having such positive experiences at the Grayslake Campus.”

The Grayslake center offers the same top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, radiation and infusion treatments as the hospital’s main campus in Lake Forest.

Karline Peal is Director of Advanced Radiation Medicine at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.

“This new facility unites technological advancements with an ideal location,” she says. “We use the most innovative technologies for both diagnosing and treating the cancer. This center is a great asset to the people of northwest Lake County.”

The Clarity Breast System is one example of the innovative technology used at the campus. This equipment is used prior to each treatment in order to examine whether a patient’s cancer has moved within the breast. After the doctors see exactly where the cancer is, they can ensure the utmost precision of the radiation treatments.

In addition to the physical equipment, the hospital has also extended its support programs to the Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center. Next month the center will team up with the American Cancer Society to offer a free wig and scarf boutique on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Pastoral care is also available. In the spring, the hospital will open a special healing garden.

Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center is located at 1475 E. Belvidere Rd. and offers additional services such as advanced diagnostic imaging, cardiac testing, and physical and speech therapy. A Freestanding Emergency Center opened on the campus last fall, and a new outpatient surgery center will open in the spring of 2011.

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