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Setting the standard for superior prostate care

At Northwest Community Hospital, we are raising the standard of care for patients with prostate cancer symptoms and non-cancerous prostate conditions. As a specialty service, NCH's prostate program brings together the latest prostate cancer treatments with an outstanding team of physicians and other healthcare experts, plus a prostate health specialist to coordinate prostate cancer care and answer questions about your prostate cancer treatment along the way. These teams ensure continuity and quality of care, improved outcomes for prostate cancer and lowered risk of complications.

Multidisciplinary team of prostate cancer specialists

At NCH, expert teams of physicians, urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and nurses work collaboratively to provide patients with the best possible outcomes from prostate cancer treatment.

Juli Aistars, RN, APN—your prostate nurse navigator

Juli Aistars, RN, APN

If you have signs of prostate cancer or are diagnosed with prostate problems or prostatic cancer, NCH's prostate health specialist is here to complement the expertise and skills of your physician. Juli Aistars, an experienced member of the NCH prostate care team, is available to answer your questions, guide you through your prostate cancer treatment and give you and your family both practical and emotional support.

She can assist in scheduling tests and appointments, aid with financial issues, explain various prostate cancer treatment options, find referrals and facilitate second opinions. Whether you just want someone to talk to or need additional counseling or a support group, Juli is here for you at 847.618.6572.

Juli is an editorial board member for SeekWellness.com, an online resource owned by healthcare providers and consumers that equips both men and women with wellness information, products and services … all with the consumer's best interest in mind. Northwest Community Hospital has no affiliation or financial interest with SeekWellness.com.

Prostate cancer second opinion program

After the initial shock has worn off, the first thought crossing the mind of many diagnosed with prostate cancer is "What now?" Northwest Community Hospital offers a prostate cancer second opinion program for men already diagnosed and evaluated at another hospital. If there are still unanswered questions or uncertainty about which treatment option is best, this program provides men with an opportunity to obtain a second opinion without traveling far. Northwest Community offers most prostate cancer treatment options.

Through the second opinion program, our experienced prostate cancer team helps men weigh the pros and cons of the latest prostate cancer treatment options. The main goal of NCH's second opinion program is to ensure that prostate cancer patients get what they need, when they need it. To request a second opinion, call our prostate nurse navigator at 847.618.6572. She'll work to ensure your appointment is scheduled within a week of your initial request.

The prostate cancer second opinion experience:

  • Confirm prostate cancer diagnosis and learn about prostate cancer treatment options.
  • Prostate nurse navigator helps you gather necessary records.
  • Appointments scheduled with urologist and radiation oncologist to discuss your prostate cancer treatment.
  • Review of medical records, history and physical by the physician.
  • Review of risks and benefits of each prostate cancer treatment option.
  • Possible further testing, if necessary.
  • Presentation of your case at an *NCH Urology Tumor Conference, if appropriate.
  • Most insurance does cover second opinions; check with your insurance provider.

Prostate cancer clinical trials

NCH participates in a variety of clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of new medicines, therapies and treatments for prostate cancer.

As a prostate cancer patient, you may be eligible to participate in clinical research for prostate cancer. You'll have the opportunity to receive the most advanced drug therapies or procedures that are only available when you participate in a clinical study for prostate cancer.

These new therapies and procedures may improve your prostate cancer care and that of other patients as well. Your physician will discuss which clinical trials are appropriate for your condition.

Make sure you're getting the best possible prostate care. Find a physician now or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free physician referral.

 

* NCH Cancer Services hosts multidisciplinary tumor conferences in which patient cases are presented and treatment options are discussed among medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and surgeons. Patient identities are kept confidential.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009