Supportive Oncology in the Southern Suburbs

Supportive Oncology in the Southern Suburbs

Supportive Oncology in the Southern Suburbs

At Northwestern Medicine, we understand that cancer and its treatment can affect so many different parts of your body — and your life. That’s why Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital takes a team approach to promote overall wellness during cancer treatment.

Nurse Navigator

Specially trained nurse navigators will be with you every step of the way, from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and survivorship. They help you and your family understand your care plan to make informed decisions about your care.

Social Services

Social Services will help you and your family adjust to your diagnosis and illness by providing counseling and connecting you with relevant community resources. This team also helps plan for your discharge if you are hospitalized and, when appropriate, can arrange for palliative and supportive care, home health care, hospice care, medical equipment and nursing home placement.

Pastoral Care

Working with Social Services and Nursing, the Pastoral Care team can provide support services if you are hospitalized.

Nutrition Counseling

Registered dietitian nutritionists can work with you to develop an eating plan that helps you maintain body weight, cut the risk of cancer recurrence, reduce nausea and improve your overall quality of life. To schedule an appointment, talk to your nurse navigator.

Palliative and Supportive Care

This type of care can help relieve distressing symptoms such as pain, difficulty breathing or nausea that affect your quality of life. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering to help you live well in the face of illness.

Caregiver Resource Center

The Caregiver Resource Center at Palos Hospital offers guidance, information and support for those who are caring for a loved one who is ill. Located off the main lobby of the hospital, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Oncology Rehabilitation

Physical and occupational therapists offer individualized care to help you improve fatigue, pain, stiffness, weakness, sexual dysfunction and lymphedema. Speech pathologists help address any concerns with speaking, swallowing and cognition.

As an outpatient, you may be evaluated by a therapist who will work with you on a personalized treatment plan. Therapy and education are offered to help you preserve and restore function before, during and after cancer treatment.

Contact the Rehabilitation Therapy Department to learn more.

Learn More

For additional information, contact a nurse navigator.

  • Breast navigator: 708.923.4901
  • Oncology navigator: 708.923.3759

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