Commission on Cancer Accreditation

West Suburban Medical Center’s Cancer Program - Year in Review:

In September, 2015, West Suburban Medical Center was once again Accredited by Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multi-disciplinary patient-centered care.  This accreditation is awarded on a three-year basis for maintaining over 30 cancer care quality standards.

2014 Cancer Care Quality Highlights:

West Suburban Medical Center’s Cancer Site Study Review for the year of 2014 received 100% in treatment compliance for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL); the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The paradigm (or model) of cancer care is measured by The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). 

Additionally, West Suburban Medical Center has a current Breast Conservation Rate of 68.8 percent, which is nearly 19 percent better than the national benchmark of 50 percent.  This means that at West Suburban, we detected and treated a large group of low-stage breast cancer patients who did not need a mastectomy.  We are grateful to our dedicated staff and community volunteers for their enthusiasm, talent and time they devote to West Suburban’s breast-cancer prevention, early detection and education efforts, such as “Manicures & Mammograms” and “Breast-Cancer  101”.

Recent Improvements:

West Suburban Medical Center happily welcomed gynecologic oncology surgeon Summer Dewdney, MD, who joined our medical staff in the summer of 2015. Dr. Dewdney received her medical degree from University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. She completed her Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Dewdney was fellowship- trained in Gynecologic Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her research interests are robotic/minimally invasive surgery, endometrial and ovarian cancer as well as outcomes data.

West Suburban Medical Center began testing our patients using the Lymphedema Index (L-DEX®) to measure and prevent lymphedema.

We have purchased and installed a state-of-the-art Siemens 64-slice CT scanner, which offers the following benefits to our patients: greatly improved image quality and level of detail for more precise detection, diagnosis and treatment, significantly reduced scan time, which means lower radiation level.

A Trident Specimen Radiograph System is now available for use in the West Suburban Medical Center operating room, allowing our surgeons greater flexibility and accuracy in treating eligible cancers with surgery. The Trident system utilizes sharp, high quality images right at the point of care, often reducing patient procedure times.

Please click here to find out about and register for our free cancer prevention and education seminars.