Caregiver Cancer Screening Program, Chicago

Caring for a friend, relative or loved one with cancer may be both challenging and overwhelming. And the time required to help look after a cancer patient may make it difficult for a caregiver to find the time to care for his or her own health.

That’s why City of Hope Chicago offers a Caregiver Cancer Screening Program that allows eligible caregivers the opportunity to take advantage of their loved one’s hospital visits to undergo important screenings for breast, colorectal or lung cancer.

How does it work?

If you’re a caregiver for a City of Hope patient who’s been admitted to one of our hospitals or who comes in for regular treatments and consultations, you may be eligible to schedule a simultaneous screening appointment for yourself.

The screening program is available to those who meet certain criteria outlined in screening recommendations for breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer. We’ll check your eligibility and insurance coverage to determine whether you qualify to be screened. In many cases, insurance policies cover much if not all of the cost of screenings for those eligible.

For more information or to schedule a screening call:

Cancer screenings

Our signature program offers those who qualify for the opportunity to get screened for the cancers below:

Breast cancer

City of Hope Chicago uses digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3D mammography, to screen for breast cancer.

For women at average risk, The American College of Radiology and the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers recommend:

  • Annual screening beginning at age 40
  • Mammograms every one to two years for women between 55 to 75

You may also qualify if you have a known genetic mutation, have been diagnosed with a hereditary cancer syndrome or have a family history of breast cancer.

Colorectal cancer

City of Hope Chicago offers colorectal cancer screening with a colonoscopy.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends those at average risk for colorectal cancer begin regular screenings at age 45. High-risk patients may also be eligible for screening if they have:

  • Family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease
  • Been diagnosed with a hereditary cancer syndrome

Get started with the Risk Management Tool

City of Hope has developed the Risk Management Tool (RMT) to help you determine whether you’re at an elevated risk of developing cancer. It usually takes less than five minutes to answer a few basic questions about yourself, your family history and your lifestyle. Once complete, the RMT checks your risk for the most common cancers and offers you an action plan to help you manage your risk and determine whether further tests or other interventions may be needed.

Click here to use the Risk Management Tool.

Why get screened at City of Hope?

Delayed screenings may lead to delayed diagnoses. And more advanced cancers are more difficult to treat and may result in poorer outcomes. At the Caregiver Cancer Screening Program at City of Hope Chicago, we want to help you take care of your own health so you can take care of your loved one.

Cancer screening tests are critical tools to help detect cancer early, before it’s had a chance to grow or spread. At City of Hope Chicago, our specialists and other cancer experts are singularly focused on detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer. Their expertise comes from treating cancer patients every day.

Should screening results indicate the need for a follow-up visit, our board-certified oncologists and other clinicians are trained to determine whether cancer has developed and, if so, to offer treatment options tailored to you and your individual needs and diagnosis.


Note: City of Hope does not reimburse caregivers for travel expenses incurred during a visit for a cancer screening. City of Hope is not permitted to provide travel, lodging or transportation benefits to patients who are beneficiaries of a government health insurance program, such as Medicare.