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Integrated Oncology Specialty Care & Support Staff


Specialty Care Team

Our Integrated Oncology Program utilizes a team-based approach to deliver compassionate, high-quality cancer care. Our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, social workers and healthcare professionals work closely with one another to diagnose and treat a wide-range of cancers. Multi-specialty case conferences are held regularly, allowing providers from several different specialties to discuss diagnostic and treatment options and participate in comprehensive treatment planning. 

Your care team includes well-respected, board-certified physicians specializing in radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology as well as DMG specialists and Rush sub-specialists all working together to bring you the highest level of care.           

Support Staff

Your care team includes healthcare professionals who provide additional supportive services that may be needed to address your physical and/or emotional needs during your care.

Financial Counselors |  Dietitian  | Social Worker  |  Nurse Navigation  |  Genetic Counselor

 
 

Financial Counselors

Finances are often a major concern when dealing with an illness. At DMG, we strive to help you every step of the way during your cancer treatment. Our Patient Financial Navigators are available for all oncology and infusion therapy patients and will work with you one-on-one to find additional financial assistance when needed. 

Financial Navigators will review and evalute your insurance to find ways to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses, such as: 

  • Your deductible, coinsurance and maximum out-of-pocket, based on your individual coverage and treatment plan
  • Your costs for prescription drugs

They can also: 

  • Help you understand your insurance policy 
  • Help you find secondary insurance coverage if possible
  • Help with co-pay and Foundation assistance programs, which may help reduce the costs for oncology treatments and infusion therapy
  • Complete paperwork and enrollments for patient assistance programs
  • Review your statement and answer any billing questions
  • Help you set up payment arrangements

Meeting with a Financial Nevigator can give you peace of mind about your medical expenses and allow you to focus on your recovery. Consultations with a Financial Navigator are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis at our Lisle and Tinley Park locations. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 630-432-6722.       

Dietitian

 Depending on your treatment plan, you may experience side effects that may affect your nutrition. A registered dietitian can provide you with a comprehensive nutrition assessment and help you identify nutritional strategies you can use before, during and after your cancer treatment. Establishing a nutrition plan can help prevent malnutrition, reduce side effects, promote positive, healthy eating habits and enhance your overall well-being.

To be referred to a dietitian, please speak with your primary care physican.

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Social Worker

Our licensed social workers can help you and your family with practical and emotional needs that may arise during your treatment. They offer support services and referrals for:

Supportive care and counseling

  • Counseling and behavioral health services
  • Family meetings
  • Local cancer support centers
  • Peer mentor porgrams
  • Stress management
  • Youth and support group servces

Care in the home and long-term care

  • Hospice care
  • Long-term care and assisted living
  • Non-medical caregivers and homemakers
  • Palliative care for symptom management

Employement and legal information

  • Advance Directives
  • American with Disabilities Act accomodations in the workplace
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney 
  • Social Security Disability 
  • Time off work with Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). short-term and long-term disability

Practical assistance

  • American Cancer Society wig services
  • American Cancer Society transportation services
  • Food, housing and utility assistance
  • Senior services

Veteran's benefits (when applicable)

  • Help in the home
  • Financial assistance

Our social workers are an integral part of your care team and work closely with your physician and nurse navigator. 

To contact a social worker please call 630-432-6950.

Nurse Navigation

Our dedicated team of nurse navigators serve as the liaison between you and your care team, providing a seamless experience and additional education and support for you and your family or caregiver. 

Your nurse navigator is available to:

  • Help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options
  • Assist you with coordinating appointments with your doctor, surgeon or other members of your care team 
  • Provide education and support before and after surgery 
  • Address and overcome barriers to care

To speak with a nurse navigator, please call our oncology department, (630) 364-7850.

 

Genetic Counselor

While most cancers develop due to internal cellular changes, some patients have a strong personal and family history of cancer that may be the result of a genetic predisposition. The most common inherited cancer syndromes involve breast, ovarian and colon cancers.

Genetic-based testing and counseling services can help you make decisions based on your individual cancer risk and provide important information for your family members.

Genetic consultations include:

  • A risk assessment
  • Screening recommendations
  • Psychosocial support
  • Coordinating genetic testing and additional education as needed

Genetic counseling may be appropriate for anyone with a personal or family history of: 

  • Cancer that occurs at a younger than average age (diagnosed younger than age 50)
  • Cancer in two or more first and/or second degree relatives (on the same side of the family)
  • Rare type of cancer, such as male breast cancer
  • Multiple instances of primary cancers
  • Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry with significant personal and/or family history of breast or ovarian cancer

Genetic counseling is typically recommended for individuals who are diagnosed with cancer at a young age and for families with a strong history of cancer. If you are interested in learning about your hereditary risk for cancer, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.

 

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