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Medical Oncology for Cancer Patients in DeKalb, Kane, Kendall and Ogle Counties

The KishHealth System Cancer Center in DeKalb, Rochelle, and Sandwich provides advanced medical oncology treatments in combination with surgery and/or radiation therapy to treat a range of cancer diagnoses, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Other cancers

Our experienced medical oncologists and oncology nurses manage your care closely and keep you informed and comfortable during your cancer treatment.

At the DeKalb cancer center, you have a choice of private, semi-private, or group infusion therapy areas adjacent to a nurses’ station. Refreshments appropriate for patients receiving cancer treatments are provided. At the Sandwich cancer center, the infusion suite is equipped with clinical recliners for comfortable administration of chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy medications.


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Chemotherapy

Many therapies that use a combination of drugs, surgery, and radiation therapy show higher survival rates. The majority of chemotherapy agents are given through an intravenous (IV) line; however, more and more therapies are being developed in the oral form. This gives you the flexibility and convenience of taking your treatment at home or at the KishHealth System Cancer Centers in DeKalb, Rochelle, or Sandwich.

Medications

Medical oncologists can use medications other than chemotherapy to treat cancer.

These include:

Hormonal Therapy (HT)

HT is used to block naturally produced hormones that can stimulate cancer growth, or to raise hormone levels to offset the overgrowth of cells that can develop into cancer.

Steroid Therapy

Studies are showing an increase in cancer survival rates when steroids are used. Steroid therapy is also used to decrease the nausea that can be associated with chemotherapy regimens.

Monoclonal Antibodies

Monoclonal antibodies are antibodies produced in a lab, meaning the patient’s immune system does not have to take an active role in fighting the cancer. Monoclonal antibodies are being used in many cancer treatments and have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy.

Other Medical Oncology Treatments

Supportive treatment such as hydration and growth factors may also be used. These therapies do not directly affect the cancer but are important for maintaining optimal health so the patient’s body can more readily fight the cancer.

Contact Us

To learn how to schedule an appointment to be seen in the KishHealth System Cancer Centers, please call medical oncology:

DeKalb
815.756.5255
Rochelle
815.756.5255
Sandwich
815.786.9197
Aurora - 
815.786.9197
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