UnityPoint Health - Methodist Cancer Services

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Oncology Navigation Team

The oncology navigation team at UnityPoint Health - Methodist is staffed by three Registered Nurses (RNs) and one oncology psychosocial services specialist who have an understanding both of the technical aspects of cancer and the emotional aspects of the journey. Together with members of the multidisciplinary care team, the oncology nurse navigation team helps bridge and connect patients and their families with resources within UnityPoint Health - Methodist and in the community as a whole. Their goal is to educate and support patients and families throughout the cancer journey.

The oncology navigation team is available to all breast, colon, and lung cancer patients at no cost to the patient and represents the commitment of UnityPoint Health – Methodist, providing comprehensive care to its patients. In addition to providing services relating to treatment, the group also places an emphasis on planning for life after treatment, including self-care, nutrition, fitness and emotional matters.

We love working with our oncology navigators and we know you will to.  Click the links below to meet our team:

Michelle, Breast Cancer Navigator
Kim, Breast Cancer Navigator
Nancy, Dosimetrist
Greta, Psychosocial Services
Trevella, Lead Nurse
Kendra, Radiation Therapist

Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center

Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center at Methodist is one of the leading cancer treatment centers in Central Illinois. Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center has been treating patients with malignant and non-malignant diseases since 1970.

The goal of our oncology team is to provide you, as our patient, with the highest quality of treatment and care. We strive to give you the best possible outcome with the least amount of side effects. Our goal for your family is to provide as much support as possible, as we understand that family is an important part of our patients' treatment.

We have four physicians available to provide a high level of care. These physicians will oversee your entire treatment course. They work in conjunction with our highly skilled dosimetry and physics departments to provide the most beneficial treatment plan while minimizing side effects. They are available at all times to accommodate emergency situations. We also offer highly trained therapist and nursing staff. Our department is staffed with oncology nurse navigators that will follow your care throughout your treatment. 

  • Highly experienced radiation oncologists, therapist, dosimetrist, physics and nursing staff
  • Latest and most up to date radiation therapy technology and equipment
             -  External Beam Radiation
             -  Intense Modulated Radiation
             -  Rapid Arc Therapy
             -  Image Guided Radiation
             -  Stereotactic Radiation/Stereotactic Radiosurgery
             -  High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
             -  Respiratory Gating
             -  Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation
  • Oncology nurse navigators to assist with additional education and support for you and your family
  • Free valet parking and escorted care, if needed

Please feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to assist you and your family with any questions.

Heidrich Radiation Oncology Center

221 N. E. Glen Oak Ave.
Peoria, IL 61636
(309) 672-5700

Oncology Nurse Manager: Barb Svendsen (309) 672-5175
Oncology Lead Radiation Therapist: Tiffany Cripps (309) 672-5700
Oncology Lead Nurse: Trevella Fleming (309) 672-5709

TomoTherapy

The TomoTherapy® Radiation Treatment System - one of the most advanced cancer treatment systems available - is at Methodist. This precision cancer therapy targets tumors while sparing healthy tissue, with fewer side effects.

TomoTherapy provides new treatment options for cancer patients diagnosed with previously untreatable tumors - tumors in difficult-to-treat areas such as the spine, lung, throat, prostate, or upper abdomen. Doctors can treat the prostate with higher doses of radiation while reducing exposure to surrounding vital areas.

Breast Health Center

Women diagnosed with breast cancer get the support of the Methodist Breast Health Navigator. Her role is to help you through the healthcare system as you make decisions about tests and treatment options. The breast health navigator offers the latest treatment information and support services to women and their families. She also provides pre-surgery teaching and follow-up services. 

Visit our Breast Health Center for more information.

Downstate PET Center

Methodist is home to the Gemini GXL PET/CT Scanner, using advanced PET (Positron Emission Tomography) technology. PET's unique imaging capabilities help doctors diagnose different types of cancer and guide physicians to the most beneficial therapy. PET scans help doctors determine the extent of cancer, detect recurring cancer early, and monitor the response to therapy.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Methodist is home to the only Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant Program in downstate Illinois , and one of the few programs in the country accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

Hospital Care Unit

Our 22-bed Oncology Unit is located on the 7th floor of Methodist Medical Center (7-Hamilton). It consists of 19 private rooms and 3 transplant suites.

Patients receiving cancer treatments such as autologous stem cell transplant, surgery, chemotherapy (anti-cancer drug therapy) and radiation therapy may be cared for on the unit. 

Our nursing staff is specially trained in the administration of anti-cancer drug therapies. They are also highly skilled in the detection and care of cancer treatment side effects.

Staff are trained in all aspects of care for patients receiving stem cell transplants, from harvesting the stem cells, to reinfusing the stem cells (returning the stem cells to the body), to caring for the patient throughout the entire transplant process.

The Oncology Unit staff, chaplains, and social workers also offer psychosocial and spiritual support for patients and their family members.

We also provide compassionate end of life care for patients, when appropriate, along with support for their loved ones.

Additional Resources

American Cancer Society