Radiation Oncology

Passavant Area Hospital, in collaboration with the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, is adding radiation oncology to its list of patient services.

Beginning in April 2017, cancer patients will receive radiation oncology treatments in the Passavant Radiation Oncology Center, located at 567 North Westgate, on the Passavant campus. This service will facilitate patients working with the clinical team at Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center to develop their individualized care plan. Once the plan has been created, the patient can receive their ongoing radiation treatment needs at Passavant Area Hospital.

TrueBeam2“This approach provides greater access, ease and comfort for the patient during this very difficult time. They will have the support and availability of this service right here in Jacksonville, while working in partnership with the talented clinical staff of the Regional Cancer Center,” said Harry Schmidt, president and chief executive officer at Passavant Area Hospital.

The facility will feature a new linear accelerator that will provide the latest technology in radiation oncology.  Radiation oncology is the use of high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroy their ability to divide and grow. Radiation oncology can also help reduce pain and suffering in patients with advanced cancer.

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

Learn more about the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center


Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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