Radiation Oncology


Passavant Area Hospital, in collaboration with the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, offers radiation therapy at the Passavant Radiation Oncology Center, 567 North Westgate, on the hospital campus.  The facility features a state-of-the-art linear accelerator which uses high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroy their ability to divide and grow.

Radiation therapy is used to treat cancers of the lung, breast, brain, prostate, cervix, uterus, and other body organs. Most radiation therapies are scheduled as five treatments a week, given Monday through Friday for a period of six to eight weeks.

A staff of highly trained professionals works with you during your treatment. The doctor is a radiation oncologist, a physician who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer. Treatments are given by licensed radiation therapists (RTTs) who follow a plan for treatment prescribed by the doctor. Specialists in radiation energy and how it works (physicists), radiation dosing (dosimetrists), and radiation nursing are other members of your treatment team. Using highly sophisticated technology, these professionals work together to make your treatment comfortable and convenient.

To make an appointment or have your physician refer you to a radiation oncologist, please call 217-788-3260.

Listen to Dr. Ferraro describe what happens for a patient undergoing radiation.

Learn more about the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center

 

Race Donates $3,000 to Special Olympics

Posted on: July 20, 2017

Kevin Eckhoff, Communications Coordinator and Race Director of the Passavant-Gatorade 5K/10K, center, presents a check for $3,000 to Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics team members, Crystal Jackson, left, and Jesse Mattern. The check represents proceeds from this year’s 25th Annual Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K. Jackson and Mattern both participated in the May 27 event. Also present for the check presentation was Harry Schmidt, left, Passavant president and chief executive officer, and Richard Larkin, community living services director for Pathway Services Unlimited, Inc. The Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics program provides competition in several different sports to over 100 Special Olympics athletes from Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Sports offered include: athletics, basketball, bowling, flag football, soccer, softball and volleyball. The Passavant-Gatorade 5K/10K is the longest consecutive running event in Jacksonville.

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