When the diagnosis is cancer, there are many questions and fears. Many patients worry about whether they are making the right treatment choices and how they will cope with the challenges. We understand and are here to help you feel well cared for and well informed about all your options. We have the latest technologies for cancer treatment, from radiation to chemotherapy and related treatments.
We also make sure you never feel like you are facing this diagnosis alone. Our staff is committed to excellent patient care, warmth and understanding. We offer support groups, counseling, educational programs, nutritional services, transportation services and other support services. You can count on us for compassionate, respectful care.
To learn more about the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, please call 815-364-8915.
Radiation therapy involves the use of x-rays or energy particles to destroy cancer cells or damage their ability to reproduce. It is often provided as part of an individual’s integrated cancer treatment or as the primary source of treatment.
At the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, radiation therapy is delivered to the tumor using the TrueBeam linear accelerator from Varian Medical Systems. TrueBeam is advanced radiotherapy technology that integrates imaging and radiation delivery to treat cancer with speed and accuracy measured in millimeters.
Depending on the location and stage of the tumor, some of the other methods of treatment that may be recommended at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital include:
- 3-D Conformal Radiotherapy (3-D CRT) is the standard method of radiation therapy and uses digital diagnostic imaging, computers and special software to conform the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is an advance in 3-D CRT that is used to deliver complex doses of radiation to tumors located near vital organs and other areas that are sensitive to radiation. Some of the advantages of IMRT are decreased radiation to normal sensitive surrounding tissue, decreased chances of harming normal cells, higher radiation dosage to cancer cells, precise radiation distribution, and increased chances of destroying cancer cells. All of this results in fewer side effects for patients.
- Volumetric Modulated ARC Therapy (VMAT) is the latest advanced form of IMRT that delivers a precisely sculpted 3D dose distribution with a 360-degree rotation of the gantry in a single or multi arc treatment.
- Cone Beam Guided Computed Tomography (CBCT) is an advanced form of IGRT with less exposure to the patient and increased quality of imaging to better pinpoint treatment accuracy.
The Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital is accredited by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. 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.
Follow this link to learn more about the benefits of receiving care from a Commision on Cancer Accredited Program and to view Morris Hospital’s performance rates for breast cancer and colon/rectal cancer.
The staff at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital is dedicated to each patient’s total health and well-being, in addition to being responsive to each patient’s unique needs. They continually research new techniques and stay abreast of the ever changing technology in the field of radiation therapy. The treatment team includes:
- Board certified radiation oncologists who establish the patient’s treatment plan and oversee the healthcare management of each patient’s treatments.
- A physicist who oversees the dosimetrist and is also responsible for radiation protection and quality assurance.
- A dosimetrist that assists the radiation oncologist with the new eclipse treatment planning system by providing accurate calculations of radiation doses and establishes the optimal treatment plan for each specific patient.
- The radiation therapists work directly with patients to deliver daily radiation treatment as planned by the radiation oncologist and physics team. They are licensed by ARRT and IEMA and compassionately work with patients and their families to provide the utmost quality of care.
- The oncology certified registered nurse works closely with patients and family members to discuss concerns about treatments and possible side effects. With advanced training and holistic patient treatment, the nurse at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital is specially qualified to provide excellent patient care.
- The patient service representative warmly greets each patient and family member and is specially trained to answer questions regarding billing and insurance. The patient service representative is also available to help connect patients with other resources they may need.
- Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The data provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs.
Since most patients requiring radiation therapy undergo daily treatments over a period of weeks, location is often an important consideration when choosing a radiation therapy center. The Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital is conveniently located within the Morris Regional Oncology Center at 1600 U.S. Route 6 in Morris. Medical oncologists with Joliet Oncology and Hematology Associates are also available in this facility, enabling patients requiring chemotherapy and radiation therapy to complete their treatment in one location. To reach us by phone, please call 815-364-8915.
The staff at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital is committed to assisting patients with every aspect of care throughout their treatment. Some of the special services offered to patients include:
- “I Can Cope” Support Group – Patients, family and friends are invited to get answers to questions and share their concerns and experiences with others in a supportive atmosphere. Dates and times of meetings are listed on our website.
- Oral and Head and Neck Cancer Support Group – This support group is a patient-directed, self-help organization directed to meet the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers. Dates and times of meetings are listed under the calendar section of this website.
- Counseling – Social workers from Morris Hospital are available to assist patients and their families with emotional support and resources.
- Nutritional Services – A dietitian meets with patients during their treatment time to provide special diet information and dietary supplements if needed.
- Financial Counselor – A financial counselor from Morris Hospital can help with questions regarding insurance coverage, financial assistance or other financial arrangements. To reach a financial counselor, call 815-705-7282.
- Educational Programs
- “Look Good Feel Better” is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. The program is designed to help combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Please register at the reception desk or call 815-364-8915.
- Wigs are provided free to all patients. Please make arrangements for a fitting at the front desk, or call 815-364-8915.
- Transportation Services – Free transportation to and from treatments is available through Morris Hospital’s free patient transportation service. The staff at the Radiation Therapy Center is more than happy to arrange this service.