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Frequently Asked Questions

Just as no two people are alike, no two cancers are alike. Centegra Health System understands your needs for advanced cancer care and personal attention.

Our breast cancer treatment experts provide state-of-the-art care. We listen to your treatment goals and develop an individualized care plan that’s right for you.

Below are frequently asked questions regarding breast cancer, the Centegra Comprehensive Breast Program and Cancer Services at Centegra. If you have additional questions, call the Centegra Gavers Breast Center at 815-356-6149.

Where can I get a mammogram?

Mammograms are available in Crystal Lake, Huntley, McHenry and Woodstock. You can call 815-334-5566 to schedule your mammogram at any location. Learn more about breast cancer screening and diagnostic imaging.

  • Centegra Gavers Breast Center — 360 N. Terra Cotta Rd., Crystal Lake. Mammograms are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • Centegra Hospital-McHenry — 4201 Medical Center Dr., McHenry. Mammograms are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Saturday.
  • Medical Office Building 1 — 10350 Haligus Rd., Huntley. Mammograms are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
  • Centegra Hospital-Woodstock — 3701 Doty Rd., Woodstock. Mammograms are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

What should I know now that I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer?

There are different kinds of breast cancer and different treatments. Your breast cancer and treatment can be very different from anyone else you may know, including family members. You will be treated by a team of health care professionals who are experts in the field of breast cancer. They will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

What do I do now?

Your first step is to talk with the certified breast health navigator. Your navigator will assist you in scheduling a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer within a few days of your diagnosis. The surgeon will explain your biopsy results in detail, and together, you will decide your next steps.

What stage am I?

The breast surgeon will discuss your breast cancer staging at the time of your initial consultation. Cancer staging is based on the size of the cancer, whether the cancer is invasive or non-invasive, whether cancer is in the lymph nodes and whether the cancer has spread beyond the breast. Stage 0 describes non-invasive cancers that remain in their original location, while stage IV is used for invasive cancers that have spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body such as the lungs, liver or brain.

Will I need chemotherapy?

Not every breast cancer requires chemotherapy treatment. Your breast surgeon will refer you to a medical oncologist who specializes in treating breast cancer. The medical oncologist will discuss your specific breast cancer and treatment options.

Can I continue to work during my treatment?

Some people are able to work during breast cancer treatments, while others find it more difficult. This can depend on the type of work you do and your personalized treatment plan.

Will I be able to afford my treatments?

Centegra has oncology financial counselors who can help you navigate your insurance coverage as well as the financial assistance options available at Centegra. We also have a Medication Assistance Program that can help you find ways to afford the medications you need.

Where are your locations for treatment?

Centegra Sage Cancer Center, 4305 Medical Center Drive, McHenry, offers the most advanced, comprehensive and revolutionary treatment options available in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Phone:815-344-8000.

Will I need any, a portion or my whole breast removed?

Once additional tests results are available, your breast surgeon will make their recommendations, and together you will decide the best surgery for you.

Should I be getting genetic testing?

About 1 in 10 people with cancer have an identifiable change in a gene that predisposes them to developing cancer. Because of the complexity involved with genetic testing, a consultation with a genetic counselor is recommended. Learn more about genetic counseling and testing online or call the Centegra Sage Cancer Center at 815-344-8000.