Regional Cancer Center

Development of the comprehensive cancer care program at Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center has been guided by the belief that technology and professional service, education and support, caring and hope are all essential to our patients' treatment. The Regional Cancer Center brings these elements together in a patient-oriented facility that is a regional resource for the treatment of cancer.

Patients are also able to receive cancer treatments that are not readily available in other parts of the state or nation. Through the Regional Cancer Center's affiliation with the National Cancer Institute, the University of Illinois, Chicago and Barnes, our on-staff cancer specialists have access to experimental drugs and protocols. The Cancer Center is also closely affiliated with the Hoosier Oncology Group of Indiana, an organization which gives the medical staff and the patients of the Regional Cancer Center the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the academic world. The nursing staff is certified in oncology and follows the ONS guidelines. The group practices evidenced-based medicine and remains current with the medical community.

The Regional Cancer Center provides convenient, comfortable and efficient services to all cancer patients, whether they are treated as inpatients or outpatients.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)

Diagnosing Cancer

The Health Center offers patients access to a variety of medical and diagnostic services including some of the most advanced technology currently available to detect cancer. Diagnostic services may include X-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine studies, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, PET scans, clinical laboratory tests, exploratory surgery and endoscopic examinations.

Mammography is of particular importance in the early detection of breast cancer. As offered at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and in a mobile van, the test is fast, accurate and inexpensive. SBL provides digital mammography.

Surgery

Surgeons on staff at the Health Center provide for the surgical treatment of cancer in appropriate cases. Tissue specimens obtained during surgery are examined by a pathologist for the presence of cancer cells, and a decision is made on the course of treatment most beneficial to the patient. After surgery to remove cancerous tissue, the patient's physician may prescribe chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy involves the use of intravenous or oral medications to destroy cancer cells. At the Regional Cancer Center, chemotherapy is prescribed and administered under the direction of Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Abdur Shakir, M.D. - board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology, who specializes in the treatment of cancer through the use of chemotherapy agents. He is an assistant professor in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was the chief fellow for Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell transplant at the University of Illinois at Chicago before joining Sarah Bush Lincoln. His experience in Chicago has allowed him to gain expertise in a vast majority of cancers, while also being involved in the development of new cancer agents. Dr. Shakir is working alongside Dr. Seong Cho, radiation oncologist, and Sarah Bush Lincoln's newest medical oncologist, Kuppuswamy Jagarlamudi, MD. Specially trained oncology nurses administer the chemotherapy treatments and answer questions the patient or family members may have. The treatment room is designed for comfort and convenience. Patients can relax in a reclining chair and watch television or read while receiving treatment.

Chemotherapy is commonly used to treat cancer that has spread or recurred. Recently, however, chemotherapy has been found to be very useful as a preventive treatment as it reduces the likelihood of recurrence in many people with breast or colo-rectal cancers.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the preferred method of treatment for many types of cancers and is sometimes used in combination with other treatment methods. Seong Cho, M.D., M.S., - board certified by American Board of Radiology, along with our top radiation oncology team, offers the latest technologies including Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), to target tumors with incredible precision and make the treatments safer and more effective.

Cancer Registry

A computerized system for collecting and analyzing cancer care data, the SBL Cancer Registry maintains a permanent record of each patient's diagnosis, cancer history, treatment, and outcome. The registry data can be used to provide statistical reports for physicians to use in evaluating the success of specific cancer treatments and is a valuable resource for researchers investigating the causes, diagnoses and treatments of cancers.

Prostate Cancer

Men with advanced prostate cancer can now receive a new innovative treatment in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center. SBL is the only cancer center in the region to offer Xofigo® , a new type of targeted radiation therapy. Read More.

Contact the SBL Regional Cancer Center at (217) 258- or 348-2250.

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