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Published on April 10, 2017

All Saints Cancer Center Offers Nationally-Recognized Care Close to Home

You have cancer.

Pat Barlament with All Saints cancer center staff.Those are three words no one ever wants to hear. Unfortunately, Pat Barlament is no stranger to hearing them. Both her maternal grandmother and older sister died from breast cancer. And in December 2010, Pat was diagnosed with early stage bilateral breast cancer.

After a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments at the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints Cancer Center, Pat was deemed cancer free. And she stayed that way for six years until Christmas 2016, when a chest X-ray for a bad cough discovered a mass on the side of her lung. Cancer had returned, and this time, the diagnosis was far more serious. Pat was suffering from stage 3A squamous cell lung cancer.

"It was a real kicker, for sure," she said. "Not quite the Christmas gift I was expecting."

Pat knew she wanted to stay close to home at the All Saints Cancer Center for her lung cancer treatment.

"All three of my therapists from my breast cancer treatment were still working there, and I took great comfort in knowing they would care for me again," Pat said fondly. "Everyone there, especially Dr. Lewis Rosenberg, is just terrific."

The newly renovated facility also played into Pat’s decision to receive her cancer treatment at All Saints.

"I'm so impressed with the state-of-the-art technology available and the comfortable atmosphere, especially the new patient waiting areas," she said.

The new 32,000-square-foot All Saints Cancer Center opened in September 2016 and is more than double the previous center's size. It features an outdoor rooftop healing terrace, tranquility garden, and meditation room.

Pat also appreciated the strong communication among her oncology care team.

"Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and worked well together," she said. "The entire team offered a sense of care and comfort that put me at ease."

Celebrating & Staying Connected Post Treatment

On March 20, 2017, after 33 radiation treatments, Pat proudly rang the bell located in the All Saints Cancer Center to mark the completion of her treatment. "I truly feel blessed to have been able to stay at All Saints," she said.

Surrounded by All Saints cancer center providers, Pat Barlament rang a bell to signify her completion of 33 radiation treatments.

While Pat’s treatment may be finished, she continues to stay connected to All Saints by supporting All Saints Foundation initiatives including the Hope Fund, a program that makes it possible for patients to get the timely care they need by providing assistance with living expenses; and Pink Paddling Power, a breast cancer survivor support group whose therapy includes competitive dragon boat racing.

"I strongly encourage anyone battling cancer to go to All Saints," she said. "From start to finish, everyone is wonderful."

More About All Saints Cancer Care

The All Saints cancer care program is nationally recognized for quality outcomes and is a two-time recipient of the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award, which distinguishes All Saints as a model for cancer hospital centers across the country.

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Nationally Recognized Cancer Care Close to Home