A cancer patient discussing her treatment plan with a nurse.

Which treatment is best for you?

There are more than 200 different types of cancer that can develop in any organ of the body. In some cases, more than one type of cancer develops in a single part of the body. Our specialists provide consultations to lay out all the cancer treatment options available for you and work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Our multidisciplinary cancer care team* will work with you to determine the best cancer treatment option for you depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Your overall health and medical history
  • Extent of your cancer, including the type, grade, stage and location
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • Your opinion, expectations or preferences

Our board-certified oncologists offer expertise in state-of-the art therapies, leading-edge medical, surgical and radiation oncology treatment options, as well as research, clinical trials and diagnostic services.

 Types of cancer treatment

There are a variety of cancer treatment options, depending on the location and severity of the cancer.

What Is Surgical Oncology?

Surgical procedures offer the best chance to stop many types of cancer, and can also be used to diagnose, stage and support other cancer treatments.

What Is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation therapy makes use of carefully regulated and targeted doses of radiation to kill cancer cells.

What Is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists oversee your cancer treatment plan to help you determine what cancer therapies may be the most beneficial for you.

Contact us

Downtown Chicago

To find an Oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, call 312.926.2520 (Galter Pavilion) or 312.472.3650 (Prentice).

Northern Suburbs

To find an Oncologist, call our Cancer Centers at 847.535.2134.

Western Suburbs

To find an Oncologist, call 630.352.5450 (Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville) or 630.262.8554 (Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Delnor).

Greater DeKalb County

To learn more or schedule an appointment with a specialist at Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center, please call 815.756.5255 or TTY 711. For appointments at Valley West Hospital Cancer Center please call 815.786.9197 or TTY 711.

Northwest Suburbs

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital Cancer Center at 815.344.8000 or Northwestern Medicine Gavers Breast Center at 815.356.6149.

All cancer treatments

Our cancer centers offer a variety of progressive cancer treatment options, including:

Cancer centers


In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.