At DMG, we use highly targeted radiation therapies using external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy to treat tumors. DMG’s linear accelerator, the Varian TrueBeam System, is state-of-the-art and offers a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided technology. The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a precisely measured dose of radiation to a defined tumor volume with minimal damage to surrounding normal tissue, resulting in eradication of the tumor, a higher quality of life and prolongation of survival. The treatments are typically given every day for a number of weeks. Radiation can be a primary treatment, palliative treatment and is often used in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. To make an appointment with Radiation Oncology please call 630-432-6745.
At DMG, rehabilitation is integrated into each patient's cancer treatment plan. Rehabilitation is customized to each patient to help they stay strong as they endure cancer treatment, and continue to participate in their normal daily activities
Palliative care is evidence-based medical care shown to improve pain and symptom control resulting in improved patient and family satisfaction. Your primary care team and specialists treat your disease, while palliative care specialists help alleviate symptoms.
Palliative care is provided as early as possible in the cancer treatment process and continues through all stages of illness, regardless of whether a cure is the expected outcome. This may include palliative chemotherapy.
If a patient decides to stop disease-directed treatment, the physician may consult a palliative care specialist who will focus on managing the symptoms caused by cancer.
Patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease and kidney failure will generally benefit from palliative care.
These patients may require assistance with:
- Care planning needs
- Assist patient’s and families with complex medical decision making, advance care planning, and transition care planning.
- Pain & symptom management
- Difficult-to-control pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, constipation.
- Medically fragile
- Frequent emergency department visits, multiple hospital admissions (i.e. 3 or more in 12 months) or a turning point in the illness where the benefit vs. the burden of treatment is not apparent.
- Support for patient’s family, friends & caregiver
A palliative care consultation provides a comprehensive assessment of physical, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of a patient’s illness and offers recommendations to address patient and family needs.