Experienced Radiation Oncologist Joins Morris Hospital
Bringing more than 31 years of experience, Dr. Cheng specializes in the treatment of cancer using radiation therapy. Radiation oncology is one of the three primary disciplines used to treat cancer, along with surgery and chemotherapy.
“We have the important responsibility of recommending when radiation is an appropriate treatment options for curing cancer or relieving symptoms caused by cancer,” Dr. Cheng says of her role as a radiation oncologist. “Radiation therapy provides us great potential to cure many patients, so it’s very gratifying work.”
Dr. Cheng has a distinguished background which includes serving as an associate staff member at the renowned Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, she completed an Image-Guided Radiation Therapy research fellowship at the University of California-Davis in Sacramento.
Prior to medical school, she graduated with honors from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed a radiation oncology residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.
Growing up in the small town of Lima, Ohio, Dr. Cheng says she is looking forward to returning to a smaller town to practice. She lost both of her parents to cancer, so she understands the challenge of finding the best cancer care without driving hours from home.
“All my life, I’ve really wanted to bring world-class medical care closer to home,” Dr. Cheng says. “It can be done and done well. Having lost both of my parents to cancer and having taken them through their illnesses, I have even more insight on how to work with families and help patients make decisions based on their needs and wishes.”
The Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital is accredited by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a Community Cancer Program. This means Morris Hospital has voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and has undergone a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance. For patients, receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education, and support; a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up; and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
“I chose to come to Morris Hospital because I am impressed with the leading-edge technology at the Radiation Therapy Center,” Dr. Cheng says. “I can definitely testify that our center has everything.”
For more information about the Radiation Center of Morris Hospital, please call 815-364-8915 or visit www.morrishospital.org/cancercare.