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Often, there isn’t just one solution for cancer. Each person and each situation is unique; and so is their battle with cancer. Technology and treatments are changing fast, and new, powerful options continually evolve, from minimally-invasive procedures to advanced radiation therapy and robotic-assisted surgery, along with the latest research drugs and medical advances. Riverside Cancer Institute is committed to staying at the leading edge of cancer care and able to tailor unique treatments that fight cancer in the best way for the individual.

Medical oncology and radiation oncology appointments are available same-day, same-location in Bourbonnais.

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Surgery is used in several ways to help people with cancer. It provides the best chance to stop many types of cancer. It also plays a part in diagnosing, staging and supporting cancer treatment. Having surgery for cancer is different for every person. It will depend on the type of surgery, the type of cancer and the person’s health. There are several types of surgery that are helpful to people with cancer. Some surgeries are used along with other types of treatment. For more information on different types of surgery, click here.

The Art of Minimalism: da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgeries While Riverside Cancer Institute offers advanced options for medical oncology and radiation therapies, we also offer many choices for surgery, including the da Vinci. The state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical technique is minimally-invasive and extremely precise, resulting in less complications and quicker recovery times. With the advanced technology available at Riverside Cancer Institute, you’ll have access to the same advanced treatment options available at many major cancer centers throughout the country.


Neurosurgery is a specialty that treats diseases of the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and cerebrovascular system. In Oncology, the neurosurgeon collaborates with the Radiation Oncologist on special procedures known as Stereotactic RadioSurgery (SRS) – performed on the TruBeam Novalis Linear Accelerator and Brain Lab system. To learn more about Neurosurgery at Riverside, click here.

Medical Oncology

In medical oncology, chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer medicines to destroy cancerous cells. Chemotherapy has been used for many years and is one of the most common treatments for cancer. Groups of chemotherapy medicines work in different ways to fight cancer cells. In most cases, chemotherapy works by interfering with the cancer cell’s ability to grow or reproduce. It’s common for cancer to be treated with more than one medicine at a time. Chemotherapy may be used alone or it may be used with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation. To learn more about chemotherapy, click here.

Immunotherapy: The use of the body's immune system to help treat or prevent many health problems. For cancer care, immunotherapy may be used with other treatments to help them work better. Immunotherapy works best to treat early-stage cancers.

Hormone therapy: Hormones are chemicals made by glands, such as the ovaries and testicles. Hormones help some types of cancer cells grow, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. In other cases, hormones can kill cancer cells, make cancer cells grow more slowly, or stop them from growing. Hormone therapy as a cancer treatment may involve taking medications that interfere with the activity of the hormone or stop the body's production of the hormone. Hormone therapy may also involve surgically removing a gland that is producing the hormones.

Targeted therapy: Targeted therapies use medicines designed to turn off cancer cell's ability to grow and to spread. They target only cancer cells, rather than all rapidly growing cells.

Chemotherapy can be administered in the following ways:

  • As a pill or liquid to swallow
  • As an injection into the muscle or fat tissue
  • Intravenously (directly to the bloodstream; also called IV)
  • Topically (applied to the skin)
  • Intrathecal (delivered into the spinal fluid)

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses x-rays, gamma rays and charged particles to fight cancer. Like surgery, radiation therapy is used in several ways depending on the type and location of the cancer. Certain levels of radiation work to destroy cancer cells or prevent cells from growing or reproducing. This treatment may provide a cure for cancer, control the disease or help relieve its symptoms. Radiation therapy is given through different methods, depending on the type of cancer, the location of the cancer and your health and is sometimes used in combination with other treatments. To learn more about the two main types of radiation therapy, external and internal radiation, and what to expect, click here.

Pinpoint Accuracy and Precision: TrueBeam STx Novalis Linear Accelerator and Brain Lab This powerful non-invasive radiosurgery system opens up treatment options for some of the most complex and challenging cancers in areas such as the lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, brain, spine and central nervous system. It works by choreographing highly sophisticated systems – imaging, beam delivery and motion control, allowing your cancer treatment team to see the tumor they are about to treat and apply very accurate and precise beams of radiation to it while compensating for your movement. This technology and treatment is fast, powerful and precise, with most treatments lasting only a few minutes while targeting tumors with submillimeter accuracy.

Advanced CT Technology, The Discovery RT: The Discovery RT radiotherapy system reduces treatment times while enabling each patient's care team to personalize oncology treatment plans with improved accuracy and radiation dosing safety. With a large gantry opening, the system is designed to make the scanning procedure not only more accurate, but also more comfortable for patients. The opening accommodates patients in need of unique positioning while the CT system's advanced image reconstruction technology enables the cancer care team to quickly acquire high-clarity images with minimized breath hold times required from the patient undergoing treatment. Additionally, the system offers 4D video organ motion tracking, which is able to track organ movement over time, so radiation therapy treatments can be delivered more accurately.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology is the use of real-time imaging to provide a variety of services. A Radiologist performs sterile, minimally-invasive procedures to reduce the number of patients requiring surgery in an operating room. By utilizing Fluoroscopy, CT, or Ultrasound the Radiologist can perform biopsies for diagnosis, insert Portacaths or other central venous catheters for chemotherapy delivery, treat specific areas of the body with chemo- or radio-ablation therapies, and perform a number of symptom-management procedures such as a thoracentesis or a paracentesis.

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Gynecological Oncology

Dr. Summer Dewdney from RUSH Health regularly sees gynecologic oncology patients at Riverside Cancer Institute.

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