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Cancer Treatments

Advanced Cancer Treatment in McHenry County

Centegra Sage Cancer Center works to provide you the most advanced, evidence-based treatment options available in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Our team includes:

  • Board-certified radiation oncologists with extensive experience
  • Board-certified medical dosimetrists with more than 40 years of experience developing radiation therapy treatment plans
  • Board-certified radiation therapists who ensure you receive the most appropriate dose of radiation
  • Board-certified medical physicists
  • 100% oncology certified nurses
  • Board-certified support staff including counselors, dietitians and social workers
  • Board-certified genetic counselor
  • Board-certified registrars

Radiation Therapy

With the goal of preserving as much normal tissue as possible, Centegra couples sophisticated computer planning and treatment delivery systems. We use specialized imaging to guide the optimal dose of radiation to tumors while avoiding healthy tissues.

SAVI™ Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI): the SAVI is a breast radiation applicator device. SAVI delivers treatment from inside the breast, which allows for unparalleled dose customization that minimizes exposure to healthy tissue and reduces complications.

Tomotherapy: This sophisticated treatment system is the newest addition to the Centegra Sage Cancer Center. It uses Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) along with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) to pinpoint the location of tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy on a daily basis (IGRT). Tomotherapy then treats the area and avoids surrounding healthy tissue (IMRT). Centegra is the only hospital system in the region to offer its patients this advanced cancer treatment technology.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)/3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy: This is the most commonly used radiation treatment at Centegra Sage Cancer Center. It delivers high-energy X-rays in a “conformed” or shaped dose to treat tumors close to vital organs. Very high doses of X-rays may also be used to treat tiny areas that were once considered untreatable due to their locations. Controlling the intensity of the radiation beam (IMRT) maximizes treatment of tumor cells while minimizing harm to surrounding healthy cells.

GammaMed Plus HDR Afterloader: High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy, whether the SAVI™ or Mammosite type, enables selected cancer patients to complete an entire course of post-lumpectomy partial breast irradiation in only one week. Remote-controlled, computer-driven HDR Iridium-192 source may also be used to treat vaginal, cervical, endometrial and prostate cancers.

Infusion Therapy (Chemotherapy)

The Centegra Sage Cancer Center provides outpatient drug and fluid administration. The following treatments are administered by oncology certified nurses and are available to cancer outpatients:

  • Chemotherapy and biotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Antibiotics
  • Supportive therapies (such as hydration and anti-nausea drugs)
  • Blood replacement products

One or more of the therapies may be used for treatment or to assist in the management of side effects from the treatment or the disease itself, depending on your needs and type or stage of cancer.

Cancer Surgery

Centegra surgeons perform a wide range of oncologic surgeries in Centegra’s state-of-the-art surgical suites. They also use the minimally invasive da Vinci® surgical system for conditions that meet specific criteria. This procedure requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to your life faster without the usual recovery after major surgery.