Our Cancer Care Specialists
- Medical School: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- Internship: Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn Michigan
- Residency: University of Michigan
- Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Certified in Radiation Oncology
Our Cancer Care Technologies
3D Conformal Radiation Therapy
Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) uses computers, CT scans and MRI scans to create detailed, three-dimensional representations of the tumor and surrounding organs. The treatment team uses these images to shape the radiation beams to match the size and shape of the tumor. The tools used to shape the radiation beams are multileaf collimators or custom fabricated heavy metal blocks inserted between the beam and the patient. Nearby normal tissue receives less radiation exposure because the radiation beams are targeted directly at the tumor.
Computer Tomography (CT) Scanning & Simulation
Computer Tomography (CT) Scanning & Simulation allows the cancer specialists to design a treatment plan specifically for the patient based on the size, location, and shape of the tumor. The patient will have three-dimensional images (CT Scans) taken. These are used with the treatment planning software that helps determine how to best deliver the radiation beams while reducing damage to surrounding areas. In some cases, it may be necessary to mark the patient’s skin with a tiny marker so that the patient is perfectly realigned in the correct position for every session of radiation therapy. The need for a temporary or permanent marker will be discussed with the patient before the simulation.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) combines three-dimensional images, such as CT scans, with the precise technology of either 3-D or intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to pinpoint and treat cancerous tumors. The images allow the cancer specialists to precisely localize the tumor each time radiation therapy is administered. This improves both accuracy of delivery and safety by reducing radiation exposure to other areas of the body including nearby tissue and organs. IGRT is used to treat tumors in areas of the body that are prone to movement, such as the lungs, liver, and prostate gland, as well as tumors located close to critical organs and tissues.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced form of external radiation treatment that allows precise targeting of tumor cells. The CT simulator localization scan or other three-dimensional images provide the radiation oncologist with an understanding of the shape and location of the tumor. With 3D planning, the radiation oncologist specifies the dose from various beams and sums up those doses to calculate the dose to tumor and normal tissue (forward planning). With IMRT, the radiation oncologist specifies the dose desired to give the tumor and the doses acceptable to the normal tissues (as low as possible). Then the computer system provides millions of alternative beam positions and the varying intensities of each beam, comparing one plan to the next until the best plan is identified. This is called inverse planning. Since each beam is broken up into many sub-beams of varying intensity the process is called intensity-modulated radiation.
Valley Regional Cancer Center has experts in both medical and radiation oncology who work together to design the optimal treatment plan for every patient. Imaging and Lab Services are provided by Valley Regional Health Services, a joint venture of Illinois Valley Community Hospital and St. Margaret’s Hospital. Together, their diagnostics and lab services include state-of-the-art PET/CT technologies and extensive laboratory diagnostic services that assists the physicians in the staging of cancer and aids in radiation treatment planning.
Valley Regional Cancer Center is part of The US Oncology Network (“The Network”), a community of more than 1,400 affiliated physicians with expertise in medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, urology, oncology surgery and other specialties. We believe local cancer care is better care. Practices in The Network deliver advanced integrated cancer care supported by a network of independent physicians who share expertise and resources to provide quality, value-based care close to home. The Network practices have more than 400 sites of care in over 25 states and treat over 850,000 patients annually. The Network is supported by McKesson Specialty Health, an industry leader in solutions that empower the community patient care delivery system to advance the science, technology and quality of care.
Our Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist and highly trained staff can offer a variety of radiation treatments using advanced 3-D imaging technology. Every patient receives a unique treatment plan that maximizes the dose to the tumor while reducing exposure to the normal healthy tissues. We use a variety of technologies to develop the most effective treatment plan unique to each patient.
The highly experienced Medical Oncologist of Illinois Cancer Care will evaluate your diagnosis and begin to explore which treatments will be most effective for the type and stage of cancer.
Your First Appointment
4391 Venture Dr, Peru, IL 61354
Phone. (815) 224-5511 Fax. (815) 224-5550
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and bring the following:
- Other doctor’s names and phone numbers
- Insurance cards
- Medical history
- List of medications you are currently taking
- Driver’s license, military ID or passport for photo identification
We provide assistance with insurance including pre-authorization, pre-certification for services, and assistance determining benefits. Please call if you have any questions.
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