At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago, our nurse practitioners are committed to treating the whole person, not just the cancer. By combining advanced treatment options with supportive therapies designed to help patients manage cancer-related side effects, your care team works to combat the cancer and help you stay strong throughout treatment. When your side effects are maintained, you may be better able to focus on healing and quality of life.
At our Illinois hospital, located between Chicago and Milwaukee, nurse practitioners work in areas throughout the facility, including the Quality of Life clinic, medical oncology, surgical oncology, pain management, critical care and the infusion clinic. Our nurse practitioners have completed additional training in oncology, and many continue to study other branches of medicine. A nurse practitioner may conduct physical exams, order and interpret tests and help you manage your cancer symptoms and side effects. Nurse practitioners are able to write prescriptions, including for chemotherapy and other therapeutic drugs. At our Zion cancer center, nurse practitioners strive to educate, counsel and empower patients to make informed decisions about their care.
Susan Fairley-Holbach, RN, NP, joined CTCA® Chicago in 2012 with more than 30 years of experience in acute care nursing in hospital and clinical settings. Fairley-Holbach is certified in critical care nursing and neuroscience nursing, in addition to being certified as a nurse practitioner. Fairley-Holbach believes her primary role as a nurse practitioner is to be a trusted source of information for her patients.