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.
The following factors increase your risk of head and neck cancer:
- Tobacco use is a primary risk factor for head and neck cancer. This includes smoking (cigarettes, cigars, and pipes), as well as snuff and chewing tobacco.
- Alcohol, plus tobacco use, dramatically increases your risk of head and
Additional tests your doctor or radiologist may request following a screening (annual) mammogram include one or more of the following:
- Diagnostic mammogram: If there was a breast change on your recent screening mammogram, a radiologist may request a diagnostic mammogram. During a diagnostic m
Since an implanted port (a small device that is inserted through the chest into a large blood vessel near the heart) is entirely under the skin, most normal activities, including swimming and bathing, are permitted once the incision has healed completely. Talk to your doctor or nurse about activities...Read More
Call your doctor after a mastectomy if you have:
- Increased pain, warmth, redness, swelling or drainage at the surgical site
- Uncontrolled pain
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever higher than 101 degrees F
- Changes in the drainage, such as:
- There is more drainage than
1. Clear nodes at the neck
This can be done most effectively one side at a time, using the palm of your hand and gently stroking. This can also be done using both hands simultaneously in a "choke" type hold.
Place opposite hand to opposite side of neck with fingers, palm-side along neck, just...Read More
Women who are at high risk for developing endometrial cancer or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer should consider a yearly endometrial biopsy to check for endometrial cancer. A typical screening may include:
- Biopsy: A thin, flexible tube is inserted through your vagina into the uterus
Using your own blood for a blood transfusion (autologous blood donation) can lessen the need for another donor's blood. It will also reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of infections and certain reactions from transfusion. Ask your doctor if using your own blood is a safe option for you. If it is,...Read More
Barrett's esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition affecting the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach).
Ablation (or coagulation) is a technique where tissue is heated until the unwanted cells lining the esophagus are destroyed. The Barrett's esophageal...Read More
The following are risk factors for skin cancer:
- Persons with sun sensitivity (sunburn easily, difficulty tanning, natural blonde or red hair color)
- Persons with history of prolonged sun exposure, such as two or more childhood sunburns and/or exposure to tanning booths
- Persons with a history
After your prostate seed implantation procedure (a procedure in which small radioactive "seeds" are implanted into your prostate gland), you may notice several symptoms. Here are some suggestions for lessening these symptoms:
Painful burning with voiding. For up to two weeks, you may notice a...Read More
1. Clear nodes at neck
This can be done most effectively one side at a time, using the palm of your hand and gently stroking. This can also be done using both hands simultaneously in a “choke” type hold.
Place opposite hand to opposite side of neck with fingers, palm-side along neck, just below...Read More
For one to two weeks after implanted port (a small device that is inserted through the chest into a large blood vessel near the heart) surgery, you may have some pain, bruising, or swelling. Your doctor or nurse will tell you how to care for the incision until it is healed. While the incision is...Read More
Follow the guidelines in caring for yourself after breast surgery:
1. Bathing. You may use your affected arm to wash your body. Remember: Using your affected arm for daily activities such as bathing will assist in regaining motion of your arm.
2. Dressing. Following surgery, a front-closure...Read More
Following are guidelines for taking care of your incision after a mastectomy:
- wash your hands before and after caring for your incision.
- Keep your dressing clean and dry.
- Wear the Surgi-Bra or camisole with pocket at all times.
- Sponge bathe until the drain(s) is removed.
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