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After racing motocross for more than 35 years, Dave Thomas had fallen countless times and always got back up. When he crashed his bike in February 2017, the initial diagnosis of a collapsed lung and broken ribs was scarcely alarming, much less life-threatening. But then a more serious diagnosis was made, stage 4 prostate cancer. A story like Dave’s is just one of many reasons why Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the anchor hospital for Northwestern Medicine, is the highest-ranked in Illinois for Cancer and Urology.*
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*Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked No. 6 in the U.S. for Cancer and No. 11 for Urology by U.S. News & World Report, 2021 – 2022.
At 49 years old, Mike initially attributed his fatigue to age and lack of fitness. However, that changed when he began spitting up blood after a full day of work. Backed by a system of world-class personnel, resources and facilities, Daniel R. Schimmel, MD; S. Christopher Malaisrie, MD; and Michael J. Cuttica, MD, led the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Acute and Chronic Pulmonary Embolism Response Team to help treat the blood clots that had formed in the far corner of Mike’s lungs. Unlike most health systems, Northwestern Medicine offered Mike simultaneous access to an interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon and pulmonologist, saving valuable time.
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In 2011, Robin slipped and fell on a patch of ice downtown. As a waitress for more than 10 years, she was used to the daily aches and pains that come with constantly being on your feet. But when the soreness from her fall wouldn’t go away, Robin went to the Emergency Department. Although she had fallen on her backside, the pain concentrated in her left leg, and when the ED physician viewed her X-rays, Robin could see worry on his face. Something was wrong. But to make matters even more serious, Robin was 16 weeks pregnant. Shadowing on Robin’s femur led her to the office of Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon Terrance D. Peabody, MD, where a biopsy confirmed an unimaginable fear. Mere months before her baby was to be born, Robin’s mystery pain was given a name: osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.
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