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.
Chemotherapy may be given in one or more ways depending on what type of cancer is being treated and what type of drugs the physician is planning to use. The most common methods of receiving chemotherapy are: intravenous (IV), oral, intramuscular (IM) and intrathecal (IT).
The intravenous (IV) route...Read More
These are possible signs and symptoms of infection. If any of the following are seen or felt, contact your doctor right away for treatment:
- Severe pain in the arm, breast, or chest area
- Red blotches or streaks on the arm, breast or chest wall
- Possible swelling of the affected area
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2) status in breast cancer is sometimes referred to as C-erbB-2. HER-2 is a gene that helps control how cells grow, divide, and repair themselves. About one out of four breast cancers have too many copies of the HER-2 gene. These cancers tend to grow...Read More
For at least 100 days after the stem cell reinfusion, patients will be closely monitored with frequent blood draws until blood counts stabilize, x-rays, and weekly doctor appointments. Some patients may require additional blood transfusions and medications. Radiation therapy may be a part of some...Read More
After high-dose chemotherapy, the patient's stem cells are reinfused (returned to the patient). The stem cells travel through the blood to the bone marrow, where they produce healthy new blood cells. The side effects of reinfusion generally are minimal and may include diarrhea, abdominal cramping,...Read More
After a mediastinoscopy (a surgical procedure done to examine the mediastinum -- the area inside of the upper chest, between and in front of the lungs):
- You may feel sleepy for up to 24 hours if you received sedation. Resume normal activities gradually.
- Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery
Encouraging results have been observed in skin cancer patients who have been treated with biochemotherapy (a combination of chemotherapy drugs and immunotherapy agents).
Skin cancer patients suitable for biochemotherapy treatment:
- Must be diagnosed with metastatic melanoma (cancer that has spread
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 than...Read More
You can expect the following during a cosyntropin (Cortrosyn) stimulation test:
- You will be lying down. A nurse and a technician will do the test.
- Your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse will be checked.
- The technician will draw a sample of blood from your arm.
- The nurse will insert an i
Non-surgical treatments for kidney cancer include:
- Arterial embolization: When your health does not allow surgery, this procedure involves injecting a special material into your artery that provides the blood supply to the cancerous kidney. The kidney and tumor are deprived of blood flow, causing
A central venous catheter (a soft, flexible tube that is placed into one of the main vessels leading toward your heart and used to give blood, medication, or other fluids, or to draw samples of your blood) may clot off for any one of several reasons.
Clotting occurs when blood backs up in the catheter...Read More
When checking moles for melanoma skin cancer, the ABCDE method can help you remember what skin changes to look for.
- Asymmetry: If you draw a line through the mole, the halves do not match.
- Border: Borders are uneven, maybe scalloped or notched.
- Color: Several colors are present in the mole,
Talc pleurodesis is a palliative treatment. The goal of these treatments is to improve your level of comfort and quality of life. The talc pleurodesis procedure removes fluid from around your lung (pleurodesis) and prevents it from coming back. A small cut is made in the skin of the chest wall, and...Read More
While attacking cancer cells, chemotherapy also damages normal cells that divide rapidly. Some of these cells are hair follicles, gastro-intestinal tract (including the mouth), bone marrow and some reproductive organs. When this damage occurs you may experience hair loss, mouth soreness, diarrhea,...Read More
Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in women. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related death of women in the United States. Death rates from breast cancer are getting lower. This is thought to be the result of early detection and improved treatment. Read More