Aurora Health Care

Our Mission

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and home to Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center. Aurora is a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care to the people its serves. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Cardiac Services. Thanks to Aurora’s ongoing commitment to delivering world-class cardiac services—patients have access to the largest heart program in the United States. Aurora’s world-renowned cardiac physician specialists form the core of its coordinated cardiac services program, which draws patients from almost every state and more than 20 countries. Aurora has interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart transplant specialists and cardiothoracic surgeons who specialize in the most difficult cardiac challenges. Aurora’s tradition of state-of-the-art heart care grew from a dedication to ongoing innovation and research, which drives its advanced heart service and treatment options today. Aurora physicians have established numerous firsts at international, national and state levels—at least 25 different landmark procedures and/or treatment methods. Each of Aurora’s physicians is committed to providing excellent service to patients—striving to improve not only medical expertise and technology but also the basic services that can make a hospital stay or outpatient visit easier. Cancer Services Aurora’s experienced cancer specialists have definitive answers when cancer enters the life of a patient. The advanced cancer services include successful treatment programs that have received national accreditation and advanced technology that is leading the charge against this devastating disease. Aurora’s cancer service experts put patient first in the fight against this disease with a philosophy of patient-centered care. A multidisciplinary, integrated team works with patients from day one—offering treatment at cancer centers throughout the Aurora network of caregivers. Aurora created the first Genetic Counseling Center in Wisconsin and also was the first in the state to introduce Gamma Knife and CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment therapies in the cancer services program. Patients have access more than 70 active cancer clinical trials. Aurora’s oncology specialists also introduced the groundbreaking da Vinci® Robot for surgical treatment of prostate and gynecological cancers. Plus, Aurora’s medical oncology group offers more than 30 fellowship-trained physicians who will customize a cancer treatment plan based on set protocols—for the best possible outcome.



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    Stem cells are immature cells that are produced in the soft, spongy, marrow-filled cavity of bones. When the stem cells enter the bloodstream, they develop into a variety of mature blood and immune cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, platelets help prevent bleeding, and...Read More
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    The following is some general advice about eating during cancer treatment:
    • Give food a chance. Remember what sounds unappealing today may sound good tomorrow. An open mind and willingness to try new recipes is important.
    • Take advantage of the up times. When you're feeling well, prepare meals
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    A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that allows for a close check of the lining of the rectum and part of the colon. It checks the lower one-third of the colon, while colonoscopy views the entire colon.

    Medicine for relaxation is not usually needed for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. During...Read More
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    Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum, both of which make up the large bowel) is most curable when found before it causes symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they might include:
    • Changes in bowel habits
    • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool (bright red or very dark)
    • Abdominal (stomach)
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    Everyone is at some risk for colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum, both of which make up the large bowel). It affects men and women equally. In early stages of colorectal cancer there are often no symptoms, so regular screening is important.

    The primary risk factor is age. More...Read More
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    Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, both of which make up the large bowel. This is one cancer that can be prevented by doing screenings. It usually starts as small benign growths called polyps. Not all polyps turn into cancer. Those that do may take years to turn into cancer....Read More
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    Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the cavities of the bones. Bone marrow makes all of the types of blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy is a procedure using a special needle to get a sample of the bone and the bone marrow for testing. Special doctors, such as pathologists, oncologists, or he...Read More
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    Before a paracentesis (a procedure in which fluid is taken from the abdominal cavity to be examined) you will be asked to empty your bladder. You will be escorted into a procedure treatment room. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and then lay on a bed. A staff member will clean...Read More
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    During photodynamic therapy, you will be given a drug, Photofrin, through an injection in your vein. This drug travels through the blood and enters all the cells in your body. It concentrates in cancer or abnormal cells but enters normal cells, too. It is gradually released from normal or...Read More
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    Do not drive for 24 hours after a paracentesis -- a procedure in which fluid is taken from the abdominal cavity to be examined. You may feel fatigued, so rest at home. You may eat and drink as usual unless given other instructions. If any of the following symptoms develop, notify your doctor:...Read More
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    You must avoid all bright direct light for at least 30 days -- from the sun, lighting fixtures, fluorescent lights, or any bright light source like red Christmas tree lights. Exposure can cause severe burns to the skin, similar to severe sunburn. Thirty days after your photodynamic therapy,...Read More
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    For the photodynamic therapy, you will be admitted to the hospital as either an outpatient or inpatient. You will be taken to the operating room by cart. The room is designed to protect you from exposure to bright light. During the treatment you will wear special laser glasses. If you have...Read More
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    A paracentesis is a procedure in which fluid is taken from the abdominal cavity. This is done to relieve pressure on your:
    • Diaphragm -- to help you breathe easier
    • Stomach -- which may improve your appetite
    After the procedure, the fluids can be examined in the laboratory. Your doctor will use...Read More
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    After a stereotactic/ultrasound guided breast biopsy:
    • Wear a good supporting bra day and night.
    • Place an ice pack inside your bra, on top of the dressing: 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
    • You may take Tylenol. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin for at least 24 hours, unless advised
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