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Published on September 27, 2016

Compassionate care closer to home

Understanding a cancer diagnosis and receiving treatment can be a difficult strain for patients and their families. Adding in long travel distances to receive life-saving treatments can make it even harder to heal.

SSM Health understands. This summer and fall we have invested time, energy and resources into bringing state-of-the-art cancer care technology and highly trained, compassionate patient care staff to our locations across Wisconsin.

Investing in cutting edge technology

In August, we opened a brand new cancer care center on our Janesville campus. In planning and construction, we thought carefully about the experience we want our patients to have during treatment. We want patients to enjoy as much light and natural beauty as possible, which is why we built an open, restful space that includes views of and an entrance to our Healing Garden.

We also invested in top-of-the-line technology. Our new Varian True Beam linear accelerator combines crystal-clear guided imaging and treatment technologies in a single machine. It allows for precise treatment within tenths of millimeters, and provides a real-time multi-dimensional view of the treatment area at all times during therapy. It is the only such technology within a 40 mile radius of the Janesville campus.

In addition to the True Beam, our new radiation oncology center is equipped with a new computerized tomography (CT simulation) unit to be used in planning patient treatment, a boutique and consultation center, and a gathering space – featuring a limestone fireplace and flat screen video system for use by patients, loved ones and support groups.

Improvements are also underway on our Baraboo campus. In addition to our cutting edge 3D Mammography technology, we are installing the same Varian True Beam linear accelerator technology at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital. The renovated cancer care unit in Baraboo will re-open to patient care in early November. A community open house is being planned for October. Stay tuned to the SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Facebook page for more details.

Both campuses offer a wide range of treatment options, including surgery to remove cancerous tumors, radiation and medical oncology options.

By providing these diagnosis and treatment tools, patients no longer need to drive to Madison to receive treatment. Instead, patients can remain close to home where SSM Health, and loved ones, will be with them every step of the way.

Providing patient-centered care

We also believe best-in-class cancer care is more than just high-tech diagnostic and treatment tools. It means putting the patient first.

At all of our SSM Health Cancer Care locations, patients receive compassionate care from our team of board-certified radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, nurses, dosimetrists and physicists.

Specialists on our team work with patients to develop a personalized care plan focused on both individual health and emotional needs. Our cancer care teams also provide services patients may need throughout their treatment, including social services, nutrition services and palliative and pastoral care.

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