Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville is expanding its Radiation Oncology Center by 2,500 square feet and will include 4,200 square feet of renovated space.
The $9 million renovation will also include a Varian TruBeam Linear Accelerator, available in 2014, capable of treating cancers in the brain and body with the accuracy of a surgeon's scalpel. With this addition, Condell will be the only local, full-service hospital in Lake County with the technology and skill of academic centers.
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In addition, Advocate Condell will open a Cancer Survivorship Resource Center in partnership with the American Cancer Society Cancer Wellness Center.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 22.
The Advocate Condell Medical Center's Radiation Oncology Center:
• will offer the only Varian TruBeam Linear Accelerator in Lake County;
• the only TruBeam equipped with the BrainLab Stereotactic Module for treatment of intracranial lesions;
• High Dose Rate program for treatment of carcinomas of the cervix, endometrium and breast;
• I-131isotope treatment for patients with carcinoma of the thyroid gland;
• part of a fully integrated Cancer Institute, including the Cancer Survivorship Resource Center;
• designated nurse navigation program for guiding patients along each step of their cancer journey, from diagnosis, through treatment, and on to survivorship;
• access to clinical trials and research capabilities as part of the Advocate Health Care System;
• genetics testing available to help patients and their families determine risk for life altering cancers and selection of treatment choices.
The Cancer Institute at Advocate Condell offers diagnostic and treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer, including the most advanced radiation, infusion and supporting treatments available, delivered with a "whole person" approach to patient care.
Advocate Condell is known for superior diagnostic and surgical interventions for many types of cancer. Dedicated surgeons perform complex oncology surgeries for cancers of the breast, endometrium and cervix, prostate, lung, head and neck, brain and spinal cord, as well as general surgery.
Many of these surgeries can be performed with minimal disruption of normal tissue by utilizing the DaVinci Si Surgical System.
The Cancer Survivorship Resource Center, scheduled to open in Winter 2014, will offer an array of services to educate and support patients, including: American Cancer Society affiliation with Cancer Wellness Center representatives, wig and prosthetics fittings, psychosocial counseling, support groups, daily exercise programs, lymphedema treatment, nutritional education, financial counseling and space for relaxing and respite.