Northwestern Medicine - Empower Wellness

Winter 2014

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 11 of 11

KishHealth System includes two hospitals and more than 15 healthcare facilities spanning across nine communities in Northern Illinois. • Kishwaukee Hospital/815.756.1521 • Valley West Hospital/815.786.8484 • Cancer Centers • Behavioral Health Services • Center for Family Health • Foundation • Hospice • Laboratories • Physical Therapy Centers KishHealth System Physician Group 815.748.8300–DeKalb, Genoa, Rochelle, Sycamore, Waterman 815.786.3980–Plano, Sandwich This publication in no way seeks to diagnose or treat illness or serve as a substitute for professional medical care. Please see a physician for diagnosis and treatment of health problems. Information comes from a range of medical experts. Models may be used in photos. If you have concerns or questions, please contact your healthcare provider. KISHHEALTH SYSTEM ENTITIES KISHHEALTH.ORG Nonprofi t Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 830 M A I L E D F R O M Z I P C O D E 2 4 5 0 6 1 Kish Hospital Drive DeKalb, IL 60115 VALLEY WEST HOSPITAL KISHWAUKEE HOSPITAL Sandwich Waterman Genoa Hampshire Aurora Sycamore DeKalb Malta Rochelle Plano 88 See our interactive map at HER IMAGING TEST took only a few minutes, but its impact on Jane's health and peace of mind would last a long time. WHY SHE SCREENED "I started smoking at 16," Jane says. "When I lost my mother to lung cancer in 1995, I quit smoking after 30 years. It was tough, but I knew I had a lot to live for." That included her daughter, a Kishwaukee Hospital employee who encouraged Jane to be screened. "When you stop smoking, your body can begin to heal the damage caused by chemicals in tobacco," says Joseph Kmiecik, MD, PhD, a diagnostic radiologist with KishHealth System. "Screening helps identify cancer or lung nodules and other smoking-related diseases at an early, more treatable stage. The sooner we identify issues like these, the better." Jane's scan found no cancers or nodules but did reveal mild emphysema and fatty tissue around her liver. "The scan gave me peace of mind," Jane says. "It feels good to know I'm on the right path. I want to be around for my family for a long time." SHOULD YOU SCREEN? Your doctor can help you decide if a low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening is right for you. Lung cancer screening is recommended for current smokers and former smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 who have smoked an equivalent of 30 "pack years." A pack year is a measurement of lifetime tobacco exposure. One pack year equals smoking 20 cigarettes every day for a year or the equivalent. To use an online calculator, visit Courage to Quit ® Individual Sessions $25/Person // Refundable if all sessions attended Registration Required KISHWAUKEE HOSPITAL - 815.748.8962 VALLEY WEST HOSPITAL - 815.786.3962 Understanding Lung Cancer with Dr. Shaikh Free // Registration Required KISH HOSPITAL ROBERTS CONFERENCE CENTER - 815.748.8962 NOV. 4, 6 -7 PM The computed tomography machine hummed as it scanned Jane Crumpley's torso. She patiently held her breath as directed, then exhaled—in hardly any time at all, her low-dose lung cancer screening was over. BREATHING Easier FIND A DOCTOR at Kishwaukee Hospital 800.397.1521, ext. 152974, or 815.748.2974 Valley West Hospital 815.786.3733 To schedule a lung cancer screening, contact nurse navigator Stephani Placek at 815.748.5917.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Northwestern Medicine - Empower Wellness - Winter 2014