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Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board Approves Cancer Care Center of Decatur


July 1, 2008...A Certificate of Need from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board was granted today for the new Cancer Care Center of Decatur.

This allows plans to now move forward for the DMH Cancer Care Institute and Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, S.C., to come together at a newly constructed facility located east of the Greater Decatur Y in Decatur. Groundbreaking for the new center is scheduled to begin this fall.

The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board is an independent five member commission appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.

The new 55,000 square foot facility will include the full spectrum of oncology outpatient services, all easily accessible to patients, their families, caregivers and the community. Although the new building will include separate components for the DMH Cancer Care Institute and Cancer Care Specialists, it is designed principally to enhance patient convenience. The building will include six components: Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Medical Imaging, Cancer Research, Complementary Medicine, and Administrative services.

The Radiation Oncology Department of DMH will continue to provide state-of-the-art technologically advanced treatment to outpatients. Available will be the most sophisticated approaches including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Image Gated Therapy, and RapidArc Radiotherapy. Radionuclide and radio immunotherapy will also be offered.

The Medical Oncology program of Cancer Care Specialists will continue to provide the entire range of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for hematologic and neoplastic disorders. Included will be a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified diagnostic laboratory and a chemotherapy pharmacy for compounding and dispensing both injectable and oral medications. Imaging with the latest CT-PET technology will be used to evaluate and monitor response to treatment. In addition, patients will be able to receive their infusions in either treatment suites or private rooms. Preventative oncology and genetic counseling will also be available.

The Cancer Research programs of both organizations will 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, will base 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 will also include, for the first time, Phase I projects. These studies will be the first nationwide to test newly developed anti-cancer agents.

A Center for Complementary Medicine will round out available clinical services. 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 will also include an area for a patient library and a multimedia classroom for community education.