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Integrated Oncology Multi-Disciplinary Clinics


DMG has developed conferences and clinics which combine the skill and expertise of physicians across multiple specialties to bring the most advanced care to all cancers, including breast, lymphoma, lung and gastrointestinal. We value the importance of collaboration amongst physician specialists to discuss diagnostic results, treatment options and recommendations based on individual patient needs.
 

Breast Cancer | High Risk Breast Clinic | Lung Cancer  
Gastrointestinal Cancer (GI)  |  Prostate, Bladder & Kidney Cancer (GU) 
Pancreatic, Liver, Biliary (HPB) | Leukemia, Lymphoma & Multiple Myeloma Cancer | Head & Neck Cancers | Skin & Soft Tissue Cancer


Breast Program

Through the Breast Program, DMG provides comprehensive breast services from screening to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. These services are provided at a location which is convenient to you, whether it is close to where you live or work. This unique team includes physicians specialized in diagnostic imaging, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and plastic surgery. Plus, the physicians work closely with dedicated nurse navigators, patient navigators and genetic counselors to provide you with exceptional care.  

Being Proactive About Your Breast Health

Annual screenings are essential to detect breast cancer when it is most treatable. Our screening breast services include:

  • Clincial breast exams and education
  • Screening digital mammography 

Diagnosing Breast Cancer

If a suspicious finding is noted on your exam, we utilize various techniques to aid in diagnosis including:

  • Diagnostic screening mammagraphy
  • Tomosynthesis (3D) mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast biopsy (ultrasound, stereotactic, MRI and open surgical) 
  • Breast MRI 

DMG radiologists work hand-in-hand with your health care provider to provide the most accurate diagnosis and to determine the best course of treatment for you. Digital mammography is the standard of care at all our diagnostic imaging locations.

Treating Breast Cancer

DMG understands that each patient is unique and we recognize the importance of individualized treatment which is why a customized treatment plan is created for you. These treatments may include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. All of the physicians that participate in the DMG Breast Program are board-certified in their specialty, highly trained and recognized as medical experts in the community. Your physician will work with you to determine which option is best and provide information so you can make the best decision regarding your care. Throughout your treatment, the clinical team works together, so that all of your health care providers are informed about the details of your treatment and progress.

Making an Appointment

Together we can help evaluate options and choose appropriate actions to take control of your breast health. For more information, or to make an appointment, 
please call 630-790-1700.



High Risk Breast Clinic


Partners In Prevention 

The clinical team at DMG is comprised of dedicated surgeons, medical oncologists, genetic counselors, and nurse navigators. This team works together to provide you with comprehensive care which includes education, hereditary breast cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic testing, individualized breast cancer screening and surveillance as well as prevention programs. Learn more about our program or to make an appointment with the High Risk Breast Clinic, please call 630-545-7659.

 

Lung Program

Whether you were recently diagnosed with lung cancer or are a heavy smoker in need of screening; effective care and compassionate treatment are available at DMG. We provide a multidisciplinary approach throughout the continuum of care for those with lung problems. Your care team is made up of board-certified physicians and staff including:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Thoracic Surgeon
  • Radiologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Smoking Cessation Expert

Through multi-disciplinary conferences, your care team comes together to discuss real cases and develop customized treatment plans.

Lung Cancer Screening & Diagnosis
Are you At High-Risk?

Many lung cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage when curative treatment may not be possible. The earlier a cancer can be diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. That is why DMG offers low dose lung CT scans at multiple locations throughout the western suburbs.

This exam is a covered benefit by some insurance plans, including Medicare, for patients who meet specified medical criteria. Be sure to consult your insurance provider directly to find out more about their specific requirements for coverage prior to your test.

Low-dose CT scans are the recommended screening test for lung cancer by the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the leading method for early detection of lung cancer, especially in high-risk patients.

You may be considered high-risk if you are:

  • Between 55 and 80 years of age with no lung cancer history

AND

  • Have a history of smoking within the last 15 years

OR

  • A current smoker with at least a 30 pack-year* history of smoking

To schedule a low-dose CT at any DMG location, please call 1-855-436-4662.

*The National Lung Screening Trial showed the most benefit of this exam in patients with a cigarette smoking history of at least 30 pack-years. (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)

Testing Results

After your screening, a board-certified radiologist specialized in lung CTs will review your results, these will be sent to you via mail or MyChart (if you have an active account). The physician who referred you for the screening will also be notified of your results. 

Lung Cancer Prevention

According to the American Lung Association, roughly 80% of lung cancer deaths are related to smoking. If you are a smoker, consider quitting. DMG has dedicated smoking cessation counselors that can guide you and provide resources to help you quit.

Treating Lung Cancer

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer is different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient. Your lung cancer treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to withstand therapy. Your treatment options may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and palliative treatments.

Making An Appointment

For more information about DMG’s lung program, or to make an appointment, please call 630-364-7850.

 

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Gastrointestinal cancer is a term for a group of cancer that affects the digestive system. Whether you were recently diagnosed with stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum), or anus cancer; effective care and compassionate treatment are available at DMG through our gastrointestinal (GI) program. We provide a multidisciplinary approach throughout the continuum of care for those with gastrointestinal problems. Your care team is made up of board-certified physicians and staff including:

  • Surgical Oncologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Surgeons
  • Radiologist

Through frequent multi-disciplinary GI conferences, your care team comes together to discuss real cases and develop customized treatment plans.

Our surgeons are well-trained in minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery (daVinci surgical system). DMG surgeons are on staff at many local hospitals including Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital.

Colorectal Screening & Diagnosis

Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful tools for preventing colorectal cancer. There are two different types of screening tests; those that find both colorectal polyps and cancer and those that mainly find cancer.

Tests that can find both colorectal polyps and cancer

  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    • During this test, your physician will look at part of the colon and rectum with a sigmoidoscope (flexible, lighted tube w/video camera) that is inserted through the rectum. Most people do not need to be sedated for this test and it lasts about 10-20 minutes. Your physician will inform you of the specific prep required for this test as the colon and rectum need to be empty and clean for proper results. If a polyp is found during the test, your physician may remove it and send to pathology for further testing.
  • Colonoscopy
    • During this test, your physician will look at the entire length of the colon and rectum with a colonoscope (flexible, lighted tube w/video camera) that is inserted through the rectum. A sedative is used during this test, so you will need to arrange for someone to take you home after the test is completed. This test usually takes about 30 minutes, but could take longer if a polyp is found. Your physician will inform you of the specific prep required for this test as the colon and rectum need to be empty and clean for proper results. If a polyp is found during the test, your physician may remove it and send to pathology for further testing.

Tests that mainly find cancer

  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Fecal immunochemical test
  • Stool DNA test

Your physician will help determine if and when colon cancer screening is right for you. It is generally recommended that people get screened starting at age 50 by getting a colonoscopy. Those with a family history of colon cancer or with worrisome symptoms should talk to their doctor.

Treating GI Cancer

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer is different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient. Your gastrointestinal cancer treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to withstand therapy. Your treatment options may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and palliative treatments.

Making An Appointment

For more information about DMG’s GI program, or to make an appointment, please call 630-364-7850.

 

 

Prostate, Bladder & Kidney Cancer

Whether you were recently diagnosed with prostate, bladder, testicular or kidney cancer; leading-edge treatment and compassionate care are available at DMG through our genitourinary (GU) program. We provide a multidisciplinary approach throughout the continuum of care for patients diagnosed with genitourinary cancer. Your care team is made up of board-certified physicians and staff from the following departments:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Radiology

Multi-disciplinary GU conferences allow for your care team to come together to discuss your case and develop a customized treatment plan.

Our surgeons are highly-trained in minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery (daVinci® surgical system). DMG surgeons are on staff at many local hospitals including Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital.


Prostate Screening & Diagnosis


The DMG Men’s Health Clinic provides comprehensive and accessible care for all aspects of men’s health, including prostate health and cancer screening.

In accordance with American Cancer Society guidelines, DMG recommends that men should be screened for prostate cancer after getting information about the risks and potential benefits. If you are age 40 to 45 and have risk factors for developing prostate cancer (including family history of prostate cancer), it’s important to begin a discussion about prostate cancer screening. We recommended that men with average risk of developing prostate cancer have a discussion regarding screening at age 50.

We primarily use the following tests and examinations:

  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
  • Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
  • 4KScore
  • Prostate Health Index (PHI)
  • Multi-parametric MRI of the Prostate

If your test results are abnormal your physician may recommend that you undergo additional testing.


Treating Prostate Cancer

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer are different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed. Your prostate cancer treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to withstand therapy. Your treatment options may include surveillance, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and palliative treatments.

Bladder & Kidney Cancer

Bladder cancer is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and it is estimated that nearly 75,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year. Bladder cancer is also three times more common in men than in women and has a strong recurrence rate since it requires life-long surveillance.

Most people that develop kidney cancer are older with an average diagnosis age of 64, it is very uncommon for people under the age of 45. Kidney cancer is also twice more likely to occur in men than in women. There are several risk factors that may contribute to kidney cancer such as smoking, obesity, workplace exposures, genetic and hereditary risk factors, and high blood pressure; but usually the exact cause is unknown.

Testing offered includes:

  • Rectal/vaginal examination
  • Urine test
  • CT scan or MRI
  • PET/CT scan
  • Biopsy

If cancer is detected, your physician will determine the grade and stage.

Treatment of bladder and kidney cancer may involve:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy


Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is not common, however about 1 of every 263 males will develop testicular cancer at some point during his life. Testicular cancer is generally diagnosed in young and middle-aged men with the average age at diagnosis being 33. Most testicular cancers can be found at an early stage, and most of the time a lump, or the testicle being swollen or enlarged, is the first symptom.

As a part of a physical exam with a primary care physician, generally men receive an examination/screening of their testicles. There is no specific recommendation for monthly self-exams, however those with a family history or previous testicular cancer, should seriously consider monthly self-exams and discuss this with their physician.

If something suspicious is found during a testicular screening, additional testing will be ordered. If the findings reveal cancer it will be diagnosed and staged to determine the best method of treatment for you.

Treatment options for testicular cancer may include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy


Making An Appointment

For more information about DMG’s GU program, or to make an appointment, please call 630-364-7850.

 

Pancreatic, Liver, Biliary (HPB)

Through the Hepato Pancreato Biliary (HPB) Program, DMG provides a comprehensive approach to the surgical and medical management of patients with cancer of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and duodenum as well as premalignant and benign diseases of these organs. At DMG, we provide a multidisciplinary approach throughout all aspects of care. Your care team is made up of a board-certified physicians including:

  • Surgical Oncologist
  • Interventional Gastroenterologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Radiologist
  • Genetic counseling

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most complex and challenging cancers to treat since symptoms are rarely present in early stages and can mimic many other conditions. As a result, pancreatic cancer is generally diagnosed at a late stage, thus few patients are considered surgical candidates.

Diagnosis tests for pancreatic cancer may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy
  • Trans-abdominal Ultrasound (US)
  • Ultrasound/Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and EUS-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA)
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholagiopancreatography (ECRP), with cholangioscopy and Pancreatoscopy for direct visualization of the bile and pancreatic ducts.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

Staging tests for pancreatic cancer may include:

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Laparoscopy
  • CT scan
  • PET/CT scan
  • MR angiography (MRA)

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

DMG uses a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of pancreatic, biliary, and liver cancer. Many times patients with pancreatic tumors will require several different types of treatment including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and palliative treatments. DMG team members are experts in surgical treatment and have access to leading edge equipment for open, robotic and minimally-invasive laparoscopic methods, including intraoperative ultrasound, ablation techniques that use microwaves or radiofrequency to burn tumors.

Screening for Pancreatic Cancer

The incidence of pancreatic cancer is fairly low and accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US. Screening is not recommended for the general population; however individuals that may be considered high risk should consider this. High risk individuals include:

  • Patients with a family history of pancreatic cancer (2 or more first degree relatives)
  • Genetic mutation carriers
    • Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, familial melanoma, familial pancreatitis, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, HNPCC (Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer)
    • Hereditary pancreatitis (gene is PRSS1)

For those that are found to be high risk, genetic testing or endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combined with MRI/MRCP may be recommended.


Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is a long-term inflammation of the pancreas. This condition is linked with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, especially for those that smoke, however most people with chronic pancreatitis never develop pancreatic cancer. A small number of these cases are due to an inherited gene mutation – and have a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Liver, Bile Duct & Gallbladder Cancer

Cancers of the liver can start there, or due to the rich blood supply, cancers that start in other areas can easily spread (metastasize) to the liver. Bile duct and gallbladder cancers are more uncommon forms of cancer, and usually do not produce symptoms at an early stage.

Diagnostic tests for these cancers may include:

  • Liver function tests (blood test)
  • Biopsy
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan and/ or MRI

Staging tests for these cancers may include:

  • PET/CT scan
  • CT scan and/or MRI

Treating Liver, Bile Duct & Gallbladder Cancer

DMG uses a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of liver, bile duct and gallbladder cancer. Your treatment options may include chemotherapy, endoscopic treatment, surgery, radiation therapy and palliative treatments. DMG team members are experts in surgical treatment and have access to leading edge equipment for open, robotic and minimally-invasive laparoscopic methods, including intraoperative ultrasound, ablation techniques that use microwaves or radiofrequency to burn tumors.

Making an Appointment

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the number of the department you wish to reach below.

Gastroenterology: 630-717-2600

Surgical Oncology: 630-790-1700

Medical Oncology: 630-364-7850

 

Leukemia, Lymphoma & Multiple Myeloma Cancer

Hematologic cancers affect the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system. Whether you were recently diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma, care and compassionate treatment are available at DMG through our hematologic cancer program. We provide a multidisciplinary approach throughout the continuum of care for those with hematologic problems. Your care team is made up of board-certified physicians and staff including:

  • Hematology/Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist

Through frequent multi-disciplinary hematologic conferences, your care team comes together to discuss real cases and develop customized treatment plans.

Diagnosing Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma

Symptoms of hematologic conditions are similar to other conditions, so it’s important to discuss what you are experiencing with your physician and have them conduct a thorough exam. Like all cancers, early detection is very important.

Tests vary depending on the type of cancer your doctor is trying to rule out. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
  • Lumbar puncture to collect spinal fluid
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Lymph node removal

A diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma can only be verified by viewing cancer cells under a microscope.

Once the diagnosis is made, your doctor may need to determine the stage of your cancer through the use of:

  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan or MRI to determine the extent of your disease
  • PET scan
  • Additional biopsies
Treating Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer is different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient. Your hematologic cancer treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to withstand therapy. Your treatment options may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, blood or bone marrow transplantation, biological therapy, immunotherapy or some combination therapies.

Making An Appointment

For more information about DMG’s hematologic cancer clinic, or to make an appointment, please call 630-364-7850.

 

Head & Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancer is a term for a group of cancers that can develop in several different parts of the head and neck, most commonly in the throat, larynx (voice box), nose, sinuses, ears and mouth. The treatment of head and neck cancer is fairly complex since it can affect vital functions like breathing, speech and swallowing. DMG provides a multidisciplinary approach throughout the continuum of care for those with head and neck cancer. Your care team is made up of board-certified physicians and staff including:

  • Otolaryngologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • General & Plastic Surgeons
  • Radiologist

Through frequent multi-disciplinary head & neck cancer conferences, your care team comes together to discuss real cases and develop customized treatment plans.

Our surgeons are well-trained in minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery (daVinci surgical system). DMG surgeons are on staff at many of the local hospitals including, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital and Edward Hospital.

Head & Neck Cancer Symptoms

Head and neck cancer symptoms may vary based on where the cancer develops and how it spreads. Head and neck cancers can produce early symptoms that help with early diagnosis. Some common symptoms include:

  • A lump or swelling in the nose, neck or throat
  • A sore/growth in the mouth that won’t heal or that bleeds easily
  • A persistent sore throat or frequent coughing
  • Swallowing problems (dysphagia)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent or change in voice or hoarseness
  • Persistent earache or headache
  • Changes in the skin of the face, scalp or neck

Head & Neck Prevention & Screening

Many head and neck cancers develop from prolonged exposure to known risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol and other cancer carcinogens. Cancers associated with these factors are generally considered preventable. However, there are other head & neck cancers that have no associated risk factor. When found early, most head and neck cancers are curable.

Making certain lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk of developing head and neck cancer.

  • Reduce or eliminate tobacco usage
    • Quitting smoking can substantially reduce a person’s risk, even if they have smoked for many years. In fact, 85% of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use, including smoking or smokeless tobacco.
    • DuPage Medical Group offers quarterly smoking cessation classes to help those that wish to quit smoking, whether they want to improve their health or if they have cancer. Visit the Classes & Events section of our website to learn more about this program.
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption
  • Avoid toxic fumes
    • In you work in an environment where toxic fumes and dust are prevalent, consider wearing a mask to protect yourself from airborne toxins.
  • Maintain sun exposure related precautions

Currently there is no screening method that has proven to improve survival rates for those with head and neck cancers. DMG physicians encourage all patients to schedule a yearly physical exam with their primary care physician where a physical examination of neck and throat would be included. Your dentist/hygienist should also be performing an examination or your mouth and tongue as part of routine dental examinations.

Diagnosis of Head & Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer can oftentimes be difficult to diagnose early because only mild symptoms are experienced. That is why visiting your physician and dentist on a regular basis is imperative to early detection with head and neck cancers. Getting the right diagnosis and determining if your cancer has spread is the first step to getting the right treatment. Diagnosis may include one or more of the following tests:

  • Physical Examination
  • Endoscopy
  • Imaging
    • PET/CT
    • MRI
    • Chest X-ray
    • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy
  • Barium swallow

Treating Head & Neck Cancer

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer is different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient. Your cancer treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to withstand therapy. Your treatment options may include surgery, reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy (external beam or brachytherapy) all while working to preserve as much speech, taste and swallowing function as possible.

Making An Appointment

For more information about DMG’s Head & Neck Cancer program, or to make an appointment, please call one of the following phone numbers:

Otolarygology: 630-545-7576

Surgery: 630-790-1700

Medical Oncology: 630-364-7850

Radiation Oncology: 630-432-6745

 

SKIN & SOFT TISSUE CANCER 

Skin and soft tissue cancer is a broad term for a group of cancers that originate in the cells of the skin, bone or muscle. Whether you were recently diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma or present with atypical moles; effective care and compassionate treatment is available at DMG through our skin and soft tissue cancer program. We provide a multidisciplinary approach throughout the continuum of care for those affected by these cancers. Your care team is made up of board-certified physicians and staff including:

  • Dermatologist
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • General Surgeon
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Radiologist

Through frequent multi-disciplinary skin and soft tissue cancer conferences, your care team comes together to discuss real cases and develop customized treatment plans.

Skin Cancer Symptoms

Generally symptoms of basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma include an unusual skin growth, bump or sore that won’t heal.  As the cancer develops, it may bleed, ooze or become crusty in some areas.

Melanoma skin cancer generally consists of a new spot on the skin or an existing mole that changes in size, shape or color. Be sure to follow the ABC rule as another way to recognize abnormal growths.

  • A is for Asymmetry
  • B is for Border
  • C is for Color
  • D is for Diameter
  • E is for Evolution or changing moles
  • F is for Family history of melanoma

Skin Cancer Prevention & Screening

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. In fact, more skin cancers are diagnosed in the US each year than all other cancers combined. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to protect yourself against skin cancer, or catch it at its earliest stage when it’s most treatable.

  • Practice Good Sun Safety Habits
    • Seek the shade, especially when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 4pm.
    • Avoid getting a sunburn, as well as any indoor UV tanning beds or outdoor tanning.
    • Cover up with clothing and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses.
    • Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with a SPF of 30 or higher.
    • Reapply your sunscreen generously after water activities or sweating and every 2 hours when outdoors.
  • Skin Exams
    • Skin cancer is unlike any other form of cancer since it forms on your skin where it is visible to you. Skin cancers are generally first diagnosed visually through a skin exam. It is recommended that you have a yearly skin exam with a dermatologist, as well as check your own skin monthly so you can detect skin cancers early. Remember, skin cancer can be found anywhere including your scalp, between your toes and other hard-to-see areas and can be any shape or size. Look for new growths, spots, bumps, patches or sores that don’t heal after several weeks. Make sure that if you find any areas that concern you to talk to your physician. During a skin exam, your physician will note the size, shape, color and texture, as well as any bleeding, crusting, or scaling of the spot. They may use a special magnifier, called a dermatoscope, to get a better look at the spot or even take photos of any suspicious lesions for your medical record.

Sarcoma Screening & Diagnosis

Sometimes sarcomas have no symptoms or symptoms that mimic other medical issues such as pain, swelling or redness, fever, fatigue, weight loss or numbness. If you encounter any of these symptoms, be sure to talk to your physician.

Roughly 12,000 new soft tissue sarcomas are diagnosed each year.  While there are many different types, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 50% of sarcomas begin in the arm or leg. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop in the bone, muscles, tendons, blood vessels and nerves. There are a few risk factors that make a person more likely to develop soft tissue sarcoma including radiation, familial cancer syndromes, damaged lymphatic system and exposure to certain chemicals.

Diagnostic tests to identify soft tissue sarcoma include:

  • X-Ray
  • CT or MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • PET scan
  • Biopsy

Diagnosis of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is diagnosed by a physical examination and biopsy. Through a biopsy, all or part of the suspicious spot is removed and sent to a laboratory. If your physician determines that you have skin cancer, you may have additional tests to determine the stage of your cancer.

  • DMG Histology Lab
    • At the DMG Histology lab, staff are able to review the structure and tissue of samples to determine if cells are cancerous or contain other diseases. The Dermatology Histology Lab in Naperville has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which is a significant achievement that speaks to the quality provided to patients needing histology testing.
  • Melanoma Molecular Testing
    • With the addition of the DecisionDX™-Melanoma molecular test, DMG is able to identify patients who may be at high risk for metastatic melanoma. DecisionDX™-Melanoma tests Stage I or II cutaneous melanoma patients whose tumor biology suggests they are at a higher risk of metastasis than their stage, or sentinel lymph node biopsy status, might indicate. This new genetic testing can classify patients as low-risk or high-risk to help determine the type of treatment or surveillance needed, as well as if more aggressive measures need to be taken at an early stage.

Treating Skin Cancer

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer is different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient. Your skin cancer treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to tolerate therapy. Your treatment options may include biopsy, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy.

  • Mohs Surgery
    • Mohs surgery is accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. With this technique, your physician is able to spare the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely removing cancer cells. Cure rates reach over 98% with Mohs surgery.

Learn More About Mohs Surgery

Treating Sarcoma

DMG understands that every patient and their cancer is different, which is why individualized treatment plans are designed for each patient. Your soft tissue sarcoma treatment plan will take into account many factors including the stage of your cancer, overall health and ability to tolerate therapy. Your treatment options may include biopsy, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and palliative medicine.

Making An Appointment

For more information about DMG’s Skin & Soft Tissue Cancer program, or to make an appointment, please call one of the numbers below:

Hinsdale/Lombard Dermatology: 630-286-5050

Naperville Dermatology: 630-547-5040

Wheaton Dermatology: 630-871-6690

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