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Cancer Care Center of Decatur Is Now Open


Cancer CenterThe Cancer Care Center of Decatur, located at 210 W. McKinley Avenue, is a newly-opened 55,400 square foot state-of-the-art facility that offers a full spectrum of outpatient cancer services.

The Cancer Care Center of Decatur, owned by Baker’s Dozen, LLC, features services provided by Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, SC, and the Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute, including Medical Oncology/Hematology, Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Cancer Research, and Complementary Medicine.

Designed principally to enhance patient convenience, the new facility is easily accessible to patients, their families, caregivers and the community. “No other cancer center in Central Illinois offers such a full range of care for those afflicted with cancer in our region,” said Dr. James L. Wade, III, President, Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, SC.

Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, SC, provides a Medical Oncology/ Hematology program that includes an entire range of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for both neoplastic (cancer) and hematologic (bleeding/clotting) disorders. The CLIA certified Laboratory at CCSCI provides diagnostic laboratory services, including CBCs, routine and special blood chemistry tests, manual differentials, urinalysis dipstick tests and microscopic examinations, coagulation tests, circulating tumor cells and cancer markers. The licensed Pharmacy processes prescriptions daily as ordered by the physicians, including compounding and dispensing both injectable and oral medications. Diagnostic Imaging with the latest technology for PET/CT and Bone Densitometry services is available to evaluate and monitor response to treatment. In addition, an expanded Infusion Therapy area allows patients to receive their infusions in either treatment suites or private rooms. Preventative oncology and genetic counseling are also available.

The DMH Cancer Care Institute Radiation Oncology Department continues to provide state-of-the-art technologically advanced treatment. The most sophisticated approaches to cancer treatment are available, including: Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), RapidArc Radiotherapy, and radionuclide and radio immunotherapy. Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Electronic Brachytherapy will also be available in Early 2010.

The Cancer Research programs of both organizations continue their strong traditions of providing a broad menu of the latest cancer treatment and prevention studies. The Central Illinois Community Clinical Oncology Program, which is directly funded by the National Cancer Institute, bases its operations in the new facility. This nationally recognized program currently offers more than ninety clinical trials covering all tumor types.

The Cancer Research program is also a component of the University of Chicago Cancer Research network. The Cancer Research Program includes, for the first time, Phase I projects. These studies are the first in the nation to test newly developed anti-cancer agents.

A Center for Complementary Medicine rounds out available clinical services at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur. To help patients through their illness and therapy, a full battery of integrative supportive approaches will be offered. These include nutritional counseling, movement therapy (yoga, tai chi), stress reduction therapies (meditation, guided imagery, massage, reflexology), as well as art and music therapy. The center also includes a patient library area and a multimedia classroom for community education.

The Cancer Care Center of Decatur opened for operation on November 2, 2009.