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

 

Repeat Winners at Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K

Posted on: May 27, 2017

Jacob Covell, Kelly Vandermaiden, Henry Janssen and Tracy Dowell were the first place overall winners at this morning’s 25th Annual Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K Race at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois. This is the second year in a row that Covell and Vandermaiden finished first in the 5K. Covell’s winning time in the male division was 17 minutes, 20 seconds, bettering last year’s mark by 30 seconds. Vandermaiden improved her mark by 90 seconds in the female division by finishing at 19 minutes, 42 seconds. Janssen captured first overall in the men’s 10K category with a time of 36 minutes, 24 seconds. Dowell was first overall in the women’s 10K in 45 minutes, 30 seconds. Awards were also distributed to first, second, and third place finishers, male and female, in 14 age categories. Three hundred sixty-eight runners competed in this morning races through Jacksonville’s west side. The 2017 beneficiary is the Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics team. The complete list of age group winners and an overall finishers list is available here.

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