Prevention & Screening
Screening Promotes Early Cancer Detection
Early detection is a major first step in beating cancer. The earlier it is found, the better chance there is to cure the disease. That’s why Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is doing more to promote early detection through cancer screenings.
Advanced Testing for Cancer
In addition to basic screenings, CDH also provides a multitude of more complex diagnostic procedures for specific cancers, such as mammograms for breast cancer. Many of these advanced procedures require a referral from your physician. To schedule a diagnostic test, please call 630-933-5000.
Breast Health Center at CDH
CDH brings the latest technology and support services to CDH patients to aid in early detection of breast cancer. The new, comprehensive Breast Health Center – a warm and comfortable space within CDH – offers:
- Screening and Diagnostic Mammography
- DXA Bone Density Scanning
- Breast Ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Image Guided Biopsy Procedures
- Breast Health Education
- APN Nurse Navigator Services
The Breast Health Center is located near the Outpatient Services entrance. Hours are by appointment. To make an appointment, please call 630-933-5000.
To contact the Breast Health nurse or for more information, please call 630-933-1283.
The American Cancer Society offers guidelines for cancer screening as well.
Smoking Cessation – How CDH Can Help
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death and disability in this country. Fortunately, the numbers of smokers are declining. Those who still smoke continue for two reasons: nicotine addiction and habit.
Deciding that it is time to stop smoking is the most important factor. Making some habit changes is important, too. Some medicines can help in preventing nicotine withdrawal while you work on not smoking:
- Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies, including the nicotine patch, gum and lozenge
- Brupropion (Zyban/Wellbutrin) and varenicline (Chantix) are prescription medicines that help with cravings
- Nicotine nasal spray or inhalers are available by prescription
Local health departments have tobacco-control units, many with no-charge group classes:
You also have easy access to help by phone:
- The Illinois State Quit Line offers certified counselors available by phone to help set up a quit smoking plan. Call 866 QUIT YES (866-784-8937).
- The American Lung Association Call Center will answer your lung health questions, especially those about smoking cessation. Call 800-548-8252.
Eating a balanced diet of foods from the milk, meat and beans, fruit, vegetable, oil and grain groups is important for meeting your body’s nutrition needs and maintaining a healthy immune system. Some foods also contain chemicals that have antioxidant activity, stimulate anti-cancer enzymes or act as a cancer inhibitor.
For specific information and counseling, the CDH Cancer Center offers patients of the CDH Infusion Center the services of an oncology nutrition specialist. Other nutritionists outside of the Oncology Clinic also are available to patients at CDH. Click Nutrition Services to learn more.
Physical activity can reduce anxiety, depression and symptoms of fatigue, as well as improve mood and boost self-esteem. Your doctor should be the one to advise you on whether or not you can incorporate a regular exercise routine throughout your treatment.
As long as you have your doctor’s approval, try any or all of these exercise suggestions from the American Cancer Society:
1. Use the stairs.
2. Walk or bike when you can, where you can.
3. Use a treadmill or stationary bike while you watch TV.
4. Wear a pedometer; you can see yourself increase your steps each week.
5. Take breaks from your desk or the couch to stretch or walk.
6. Walk with friends to make exercise a social event.
7. Don't email or call; walk to your neighbor's house.
Your doctor can share encouragement and explain precautions or limitations, such as:
- Intravenous catheters will keep you from swimming because water puts you at risk for infection. You may also be restricted from exercise that works muscle groups where the catheter is placed to avoid dislodgement of the catheter.
- If you have anemia, you may need to conserve your energy for your activities of daily living.
Chemotherapy may compromise your immune function, putting you at risk for infections. It is best to exercise at home, rather than in crowded or public places.