At DuPage Medical Group, patient care is a team effort. The Integrated Oncology Program creates a team or healthcare professionals that combines the skills and experience of those who specialize in diagnosing and treating certain types of cancer. Your care team meets regularly through multidisciplinary conferences and clinics to discuss diagnostic and treatment information, which means you benefit from a wide range of expertise. It’s like having multiple second opinions all at once. And having representatives from different specialties involved in your care ensures that you will receive the best possible treatment for your condition.
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.
DuPage Medical Group patient care teams include healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines who focus on helping patients and their families cope with a cancer diagnosis. They provide services that address the many physical and emotional issues that can arise during cancer therapy, and help patients adjust to life after treatment.
Finances are often a major concern when dealing with an illness. At DMG, we strive to help you every step of the way in your cancer treatment, which is why we provide access to a Financial Counselor as part of our Integrated Oncology Program. Meeting with a financial counselor can help lead to peace of mind about your medical expenses and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Services provided include:
- Estimates for future treatments, co-pays, and deductibles based on diagnosis and chosen treatment
Assistance with questions about billing policies, billing statements and personal balance owed
Help with understanding insurance benefits and obligations
Assistance with completing important paperwork for patient assistance programs
Guidance through the appeals process if denial of coverage occurs
Aid the business office in resolving claims issues
Help patients who are underinsured or have no insurance find assistive resources
Your financial counselor will work with you to find resources and facilitate patient referrals to organizations or companies that will help with cancer-related treatment expenses. There are national and local organizations whose mission or charter involves helping people with cancer with different areas of their lives. Similarly, government programs exist so that uninsured or underinsured individuals with certain cancers can be immediately enrolled in state health insurance plans. Likewise, some pharmaceutical companies provide grants and assistance with the costs of medication.
If a patient's illness affects his or her ability to work, he or she may need to file for State Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income or Medicare. The financial counselor can help the patient determine where and how to apply for these programs.
There can be many side effects related to your cancer treatment that may affect proper nutrition. A registered dietitian can provide you with a comprehensive nutrition assessment and help you develop a nutrition plan and strategies for eating well before, during and after cancer treatment to achieve optimal health. 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.
Eating well can provide several benefits for people living with cancer, including:
- Feeling better
- Maintaining your weight and your body’s store of nutrients
- Improving strength and increasing energy
- Better tolerating treatment-related side effects
- Healing and recovering faster
- Improving quality of life
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Our licensed social workers can help you identify practical and psycho-social needs and direct you the appropriate physical, mental, and emotional resources to meet your needs. Our social workers are available at any point in the cancer continuum – from the point of diagnosis through survivorship and can provide a wide array of support including counseling, education, transportation assistance, etc. Our social workers are an integral part of your care team and will work closely with your physician and nurse navigator.
To contact a social worker please call 630-432-6950.
As a DuPage Medical Group patient, you will have access to a Nurse Navigator to help you in your journey. These Nurse Navigators serve as a single point of contact for DMG patients and their families to guide through cancer diagnosis and treatment by serving as patient educators and advocates, care coordinators, system navigators, and community ambassadors striving to improve the cancer experience for each patient. Your Nurse Navigator can help improve the quality and continuity of your cancer care, remove barriers and help bridge gaps in care.
Your Nurse Navigator can help you by:
- working with you to understand diagnosis and treatment options
- helping you with timely access to appointments and resources
- coordinating appointments with your doctor and surgeon’s offices
- offering education and support before and after surgery
- finding solutions to personal needs and concerns, such as transportation, finances, cosmetic services, nutrition and genetic counseling
To speak to a DMG Nurse Navigator please call our oncology department, (630) 364-7850.
While most cancers develop by chance, some individuals have a strong personal and family history of cancer that may suggest an inherited cancer predisposition syndrome. Hereditary cancer syndromes are passed through a family’s changes in genes. The most common inherited cancer syndromes involve breast, ovarian and colon cancers.
DMG’s genetic counseling program is an important part of our commitment to providing outstanding oncology services to the patients and communities we serve. This service is available to individuals who are at an increased risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. Cancer genetic counseling helps patients to make informed medical decisions based on their own personal risk assessment. Genetic counseling can also help to provide the patient’s family with important cancer risk information. These interventions can have a significant impact on a person's life by allowing them to better manage their health and reduce their risk of developing cancer through increased awareness, screening and management.
At DMG, we see patients and families with many different types of cancers. We are committed to providing a comprehensive plan to help assist patients and their families with all aspects of the risk assessment and testing process, surveillance, surgical decision-making and follow-up care.
- Genetic counseling generally includes the following to assess a person's risk for developing specific cancers:
- A review of medical history and other cancer risk factors (i.e. smoking)
- Family history
- An estimate of the likelihood that cancers in a family are related to a hereditary cancer syndrome
- Recommendations for cancer screenings and other risk-reducing strategies
- Discussion of the benefits, limitations and risks of genetic testing
- Genetic test(s), if appropriate, and a follow-up meeting to discuss results
Would Genetic Counseling Be Helpful for Me?
Genetic counseling is appropriate for individuals with a personal and/or family history of:
- Cancer occurring at a younger age than average (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 primary tumors (for example, a woman with two primary breast cancers, a woman with colon and endometrial cancer or a man with primary colon and stomach cancer)
- Bilateral (both breasts) or multiple 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, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our genetic counselor.
What Occurs During a Visit?
Your initial visit will last one to two hours. Your genetic counselor will collect medical and family history information, provide a cancer risk assessment and discuss genetic testing options in full detail to assist you in making important health and medical decisions. A return appointment is scheduled to discuss your test results in detail and any next steps, based on those results.
Many insurance companies cover all or part of the cost of genetic testing, but not all. As part of our service, the genetic counselor works with your insurance company to obtain benefit information and pre-authorization for testing.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule a genetic counseling appointment with DuPage Medical Group, please call 630-545-7659.