The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center was initiated with the first gift from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation in 1989. Named after the legendary Green Bay Packers coach who lost his life to cancer, the clinic was founded to serve patients and families with the level of passion and quest for excellence that were synonymous with Lombardi's teams.
Since 1989, the services, resources and philosophy of care at the original Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics has been extended to benefit patients beyond the greater Milwaukee area. Currently, there are twelve satellite Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic sites operating in eastern Wisconsin. While it has been a goal to provide cancer care in these clinics close to patients’ homes, when patients need the specialized services of a tertiary care facility, they have access to Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.
Patients from across the state and nation come to Aurora St. Luke’s for such specialized cancer procedures and services as:
- Autologous stem cell transplant for diseases such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkins’ lymphoma
- Radiation therapy using the most advanced equipment and technologies available
- Stereotactic neurosurgery and the Gamma Knife for non-invasive treatment of turmors in the brain
- CyberKnife radiosurgery designed to deliver optimal doses of radiation to the tumor target with sub millimeter accuracy
- PET/CT for more accurate diagnosis, staging and treatment of various cancers
- Immunotherapy for the treatment of patients with kidney cancer, malignant melanoma and other types of cancers that have metastasized
- Women’s services with specialized surgeries and treatments
- Genetic counseling to assess cancer risks and provide genetic testing
- Cancer counseling services provided by an interdisciplinary team including a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist who specialize in treating cancer patients and their families
The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora St. Luke’s performs more than 20,000 patient visits and procedures each year and serves as a model in advancing a multi-disciplinary approach toward cancer prevention, education, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The challenge to balance leading-edge cancer care and its advanced treatment options, while also considering each patient’s emotional and psychological needs, will continue to be a significant goal of each clinic.