ORLAND PARK, IL – Cancer is never easy, but colon cancer patient Jeanne Modelski said Loyola Medicine made her treatment as convenient as possible.
Ms. Modelski was relieved to be able to see her oncologist and complete her chemotherapy close to home at the Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at Palos Health South Campus.
Ms. Modelski lives in Palos Heights, just a 10-minute drive from the center, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park.
"Instead of patients driving to see us at the Loyola medical center in Maywood, we come to them," said Ms. Modelski's oncologist, Muaiad Kittaneh, MD.
The center offers integrated, academic-level care, including surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiology and chemotherapy. As an academic medical center, Loyola can offer patients the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials of experimental new drugs that are not available at most hospitals.
The center is designed for the patient's comfort, and includes an indoor garden and individual bays for chemotherapy infusion.
Loyola Medicine and Palos Health also have formed a joint venture to offer radiation oncology services at the campus beginning in the summer of 2018. The center will feature one of the first radiation therapy systems in Illinois guided in real time by MRI imaging.
"We provide the care patients need close to home," Dr. Kittaneh said. "We can offer a patient everything they need in one visit."
In addition to the convenience, Ms. Modelski appreciates the quality of care she is receiving at the Loyola center. "I can't say enough about how great they are there," she said.
The cancer center is part of an innovative affiliation between Loyola and Palos. The affiliation focuses on coordinated and collaborative patient care. Patients receive greater access to Loyola’s renowned specialty care services, such as oncology and neurosciences, while ensuring continued access to Palos’ primary care network.