Decatur Memorial Hospital was established in 1916 in Decatur, Illinois, as a private, non-profit hospital. Over 2,500 employees work for Decatur Memorial Hospital in its various specializations and over 30 satellite locations. Due to the needs of comfort, specificity, detection, and prevention of cancer, Decatur Memorial Hospital created the Cancer Care Institute, which is a combined clinical research and patient care facility.
Decatur Memorial Hospital is affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s School of Basic Medical Science and Clinical Medicine, the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and has participated in the University of Chicago’s Phase II Program for clinical trials.
Decatur Memorial Hospital has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and accolades, including the accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Care, ranking as a Top 100 hospital by Thomson Reuters, and an approved Community Clinical Oncology Program funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute is situated to offer the latest research developments and personalized care to provide improved cancer treatment options. Each patient is assigned to a team, which helps each patient with facilitating care, treatments, support, and education throughout the healing process.
With regard to lung cancer, the Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute organizes teams of highly skilled staff to facilitate treatment. After referral or diagnosis by a primary care physician, a team of pathologists, surgical and medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, nurses and social workers will handle a case together. Several specific, innovative treatments are being used in addition to the comprehensive cancer treatments listed below.
Radiation oncology, surgical oncology, clinical trials, chemotherapy, palliative care, state-of-the-art diagnostics and imaging services, pathology, hormone therapy, biological therapy, complementary and alternative medicine, nutrition and physical therapy, and comprehensive and preventive care are all options in the Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute’s cancer treatment program.