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

 

Monica Schriber Honored With Daisy Award

Posted on: August 18, 2017

Monica Schriber, RN, Emergency Department, is the newest recipient of the Daisy Award. Passavant partners with the Daisy Foundation to give the award each quarter to a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who consistently demonstrates excellence through clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. “At this point in my nursing career, receiving the Daisy Award is very special to me,” said Monica. "It means a lot, but I couldn’t do it without my co-workers. They all helped. I work with a great team.” Monica was nominated for the Daisy Award by a grateful co-worker: “Monica provided excellent care of a patient presenting in the Emergency Department with injuries following an assault. The patient was paranoid, apprehensive, scared and had difficulties trusting staff. Monica provided care and comfort to the patient for over nine hours. Upon discharge, the patient had no ride home. Monica made numerous calls to family, friends and transportation agencies before finally talking with Social Services, who helped provide a taxi ride home. I want to commend Monica for her passion, support and willingness to do everything she could to provide this patient with the care and safety needed. This is an example of a true leader in our department and I’m very proud to have Monica as an advocate for our patients, families and staff.”

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