Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Physician who Treats Cancer Survivors Notes "Significant Progress" in Fight Against Cancer

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The 24th National Cancer Survivors Day will be held on June 5 this year. "This annual event is a national recognition that we have made significant progress in the fight against cancer," said Dr. Patricia Robinson, director of Loyola University Health System's Cancer Survivorship Program. Robinson sees cancer survivors at Loyola's main campus in Maywood and the Loyola Center for Health at Wheaton. There are about 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. Cancer survivors are defined as those living with a history of cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the remainder of their lives. Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center is holding several events in conjunction with Cancer Survivors Day: -- On Saturday, June 4, Loyola is partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 10th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference at Brookfield Zoo. -- On Monday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 8, a Loyola art therapist will supervise a community art-making project at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. -- The Cancer Center will offer cancer patients vouchers for free mini-manicures, mini-facials and haircuts at the Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center. -- During the week of June 6, cancer patients will be offered free passes to the Loyola Center for Fitness on the Maywood campus. Loyola's Cancer Survivorship Program, the first of its kind in the Midwest, bridges the gap between a cancer patient's oncologist and primary-care physician. Patients have access to physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors, nutritionists and members of pastoral care. "Our goal is to transition a patient to as near a normal life as possible," Robinson said.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.