OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois

Appointments

  • Will someone help me check into the kiosk?

  • A first visit to the cancer center includes a meeting with our patient access team, who are always available to answer questions and assist with scheduling.

    Our dedicated greeters are also available to assist with kiosk check-in.

  • Can I have my tests/treatments and doctor visit on the same day?

  • We have a lab within the cancer center, making it convenient for patients who need blood tests the same day as their visit with their physician or their treatment session.

    Other patients choose to have their blood work closer to home at one of our several OSF HealthCare facilities in the area up to 24 hours before their visit to the OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care.

Billing & Insurance

  • Is financial assistance available?

  • We have a dedicated financial navigator to assist with any financial barriers to treatment and care.

  • Is this covered by my insurance?

  • Insurance covers most non-experimental cancer treatments. But chemotherapy isn't a single drug or treatment, and health insurance doesn't cover everything.

    All patients starting cancer treatment should meet with our financial navigato r to discuss any gaps in coverage and to help you cover out-of-pocket expenses.

Location

  • How do you compare to other centers in town in terms of resources?

  • Health care accreditation programs set incredibly high standards. We strive to meet their criteria and deliver care of the highest quality.

    We are proud to be the first radiation oncology department in the region to be certified by the American College of Radiation.

    The OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care is now the only cancer center in the region to be nationally certified for overall cancer program, medical oncology and radiation oncology.

    We have a dedicated team of board-certified providers in medical oncology and radiation oncology. Over 75% of our chemotherapy nurses are nationally certified, and 100% of our chemotherapy nurses are chemotherapy-certified.

    Our cancer center team provides quality patient care close to home, all in one location. We offer supportive services to all our oncology patients from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

    Our services include dedicated cancer navigators, a financial navigator, social workers, dieticians, pre-hab/rehab, palliative care services, and multiple support programs, such as support groups, massage and reflexology.

Treatment

  • What is chemotherapy, and how does it work?

  • Chemotherapy is the use of strong drugs to destroy cancer cells.

    The type of medications, the length of individual treatment sessions, the length of your course of treatment, the side effects – these are all dependent on several factors of your health, as well as the type and severity of the cancer.

    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cancer care at OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care.

  • What is immunotherapy, and how does it work?

  • Immunotherapy is a cutting-edge cancer treatment that uses medication to boost the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer.

    The type of medications, the length of individual treatment sessions, the length of your course of treatment, the side effects – these are all dependent on several factors of your health, as well as the type and severity of the cancer.

    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cancer care at OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care.

  • Will I lose my hair?

  • Only some types of chemotherapy damage the cells that cause hair growth. Hair loss often starts two to three weeks after chemotherapy begins.

    Your scalp may hurt at first. Then you may lose your hair, either a little at a time or in clumps. It takes about one week for all your hair to fall out.

    Almost always, your hair will grow back two to three months after chemotherapy is over.