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What are the top breast cancer hospitals in Chicago?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    University Of Chicago Medical Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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    • Katherine  Katsivalis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Sharon!
      My aunt was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer on Thursday, so this is all very new to us. I don't mean to bother you, but I was just wondering if you were treated at Northwestern and how you felt about it. It's one of the hospitals...

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      Hi Sharon!
      My aunt was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer on Thursday, so this is all very new to us. I don't mean to bother you, but I was just wondering if you were treated at Northwestern and how you felt about it. It's one of the hospitals that my aunt has been doing a lot of research on, and I was just trying to get more information about it.
      Thank you very much,
      Katherine

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Katherine,
      You aren't bothering any of us at all. We are here to try to help anyone who has breast cancer, or family member or just have questions.
      I have a couple of friends who were treated one at each at the hospitals. They said they felt...

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      Katherine,
      You aren't bothering any of us at all. We are here to try to help anyone who has breast cancer, or family member or just have questions.
      I have a couple of friends who were treated one at each at the hospitals. They said they felt they both had great care.

      I want you to take a deep breath with your aunt's diagnosis. There is more information she needs about her individual type of breast cancer before she has the big picture. I also had stage IIB invasive ductal carcinoma with hormone positive receptors. My type of breast cancer is the most common. Did they tell your aunt the type of breast cancer she has? Each breast cancer patient is treated depending on the type of cells that are found by the pathologist. No longer is it the shotgun approach. Treatment is planned depending on a woman's individual cancer cells. Cells are also graded as 1,2, 3 with 1 being the least aggressive and 3 being more aggressive. There is also a specialized test called an OncoDX test that is done at the time of surgery. It tests the specific cancer cells and can relatively predict the chances of her type of cancer recurring. If she has a very low OncoDX score, she can choose not to have chemotherapy because the chances of reocurrance is either very low percentage or no chance at all. My brother-in-law had breast cancer over this past winter. His OncoDX score was -0- so he did not have to do through chemo. Katherine, I just want to reassure you there is so many options and treatments out there for your aunt, and it sounds as if her breast cancer was diagnosed at such a curable stage she WILL be ok. She will do fine. You are an angel for your love and care for your aunt. She will need your help through the next few months. Much help is out there for her.... this is not a death sentence! The most helpful thing you can do is either accompany her to her diagnostic appointments. So much information is going to be thrown at her, she will definately need a "scribe" to take notes. You can also help her by getting her a 3 ring binder have her ASK for a copy of every test she has, keep them in that binder and that goes with her to every appointment. Tape office cards on the inside cover of the binder. Have a copy of all the medications she takes. That is her own personal medical file while she is going through treatment. She needs to not be afraid to ask questions and she needs to become her own best advocate which she sounds like she is doing. Tell her to put on her "big-girl-warrior-panties" because she will need them! Tell her not to read too much on the internet, because she can easily scare herself. Remember, she still does not have a complete diagnosis yet. Hang in there, and tell her to take care. She has a lot of "sisters" out here who are alive and well. Please keep us posted. Hugs, Sharon

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    • Katherine  Katsivalis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon,
      You are a blessing! My aunt is getting a CT scan tomorrow, so we'll have a better understanding of the beast she's dealing with by the end of the week. We're just taking everything one day at a time and praying for the best. All of the...

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      Sharon,
      You are a blessing! My aunt is getting a CT scan tomorrow, so we'll have a better understanding of the beast she's dealing with by the end of the week. We're just taking everything one day at a time and praying for the best. All of the information you just gave me is a great comfort and very helpful. I showed my aunt, and she said, "Who is this wonderful person?!" It's great hearing from a survivor who is so willing to be helpful. I'll definitely be helping her with organizing all of this information, and these tips are gold! Congratulations on conquering your own struggle, and thank you for helping my aunt with hers. She's not going to go a day of this process without her "big-girl-warrior-panties." =)
      Thank you so much!
      Katherine

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  • nicole blagburn Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Cancer treatment centers of America right outside of Chicago in Zion Ill
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