ORLAND PARK, IL — Northwestern Medicine on Tuesday opened the doors of its new cancer care clinic in Orland Park, a move they hope brings quality cancer care closer to those who need it in the south suburbs.
Located at 15300 West Avenue, Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center features eight exam rooms, 13 infusion bays, a flex room, a pharmacy for compounding drugs and a laboratory for onsite diagnostic services. It’s an addition to Orland Park and the south suburbs that doctors believe could be a game-changer.
“There was a hole in our geographic coverage,” said Dr. Christopher George, medical director of Northwestern Medicine’s oncology program in the south and west suburbs.
“When we looked at our map, where are patients were coming from, it’s the south suburbs, and that’s where we were failing people.”
The new cancer center opened with hematology and medical oncology care, laboratory services, nutritional counseling and social work. A full-service infusion suite and specialty pharmacy also provides onsite chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and supportive care.
In the future, the center will also offer surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology, genetic counselors and other subspecialties. Plans are also in place to bring in new cancer therapies to the through clinical trials before those treatments become more widely available, George told Patch.
It’s an advantage for which south suburbanites have often had to go the distance.
“For people in the south suburbs to get academic-level medicine, historically they’ve had to drive, and they’ve been driving downtown,” “What we’re doing now is bringing that academic-level care to the south suburbs.
The Orland Park site will be staffed by members and affiliates of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, ranked No. 9 in the country for Cancer by US News & World Report in its 2022-2023 “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings. Virtual and in-person tumor boards will give Northwestern Palos physicians access to the clinical expertise of the entire Northwestern system to collaborate on complex cases and determine the best-possible treatment plan.
“Our vision is to bring innovative, leading-edge, novel therapies from the Lurie Cancer Center to patients in the southern suburbs,” George said.
Three oncologists are on staff at the clinic, including Dr. Sudhir Sekhon, Dr. Yaseen Alkaddoumi, andDr. Yazan Numad. They’ll work alongside Dr. Imad Qayyum, colorectal surgery; Dr. Samer R. Rajjoub, an endocrine surgeon who focuses on thyroid cancer; and breast surgical oncologist Dr. Miraj G. Shah-Khan, medical director of the Breast Cancer and Breast Health Program at Palos Hospital.
Radiation oncology services will remain at the Tinley Park location.
“It’s definitely an evolution,” said George. “We built this cancer center with an eye on the future. In the next few years you can expect to see more specialties, more specialists, more supportive care like genetic counseling, clinical trials, and nutritional services. We want this to be kind of a one-stop shop.”
Dr. Rajjoub is chairperson of the Cancer Committee at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, vice chairperson of the Tumor Board and the Cancer Liaison Physician.
“The opening of the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center in Orland Park is a dream come true for the south suburbs,” said Dr. Rajjob.
The clinic is currently accepting patients. Patients can schedule an appointment at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Orland Park by calling (708)226-2318 (TTY: 711).