A peek inside the SIH Cancer Institute

January 29th, 2015


A Room With a View

Using nature’s elements to inspire healing is most recognized in the 4,050 square feet of the new Infusion Therapy Services. The area is surrounded by a large expanse of floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful natural landscape of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Preserve. A man-made pond and walking paths are also in view.

The natural light filters into the space while patients receive their intravenous treatments. The amenities of Infusion Therapy Services are intended to provide a warm, welcoming, comfortable and healing environment for patients, their loved ones, as well as staff.

Patients have opportunities to receive treatment in private setting, or in open “pods” that allows for interaction with other patients. Each infusion station includes a comfortable recliner, access to wi-fi, and individual TVs. Seating for family members at each patient station encourages family involvement in the patient healing process.

Staff members have access to state of the art technology and work space that will improve the level of care patients receive, while maintaining patient privacy.


New radiation technology helps doctors treat patients more accurately with fewer visits.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a radiation treatment for the body that utilizes a specially designed coordinate system to find the exact location of a tumor in the body. It is extremely precise and involves the delivery of a few high dose radiation treatments, usually five or less. For patients with brain tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) will be available. SRS delivers treatment in a way similar to SBRT, but it is usually accomplished with a single treatment.

“Undergoing radiation treatment is challenging enough without considering the travel time for other appointments. This center will immediately improve that aspect,” said radiation oncologist, Michael Little. “Perhaps, even more so, it’s a message of hope for the people of southern Illinois.”

According to Lori Cohen, Radiation Oncology Manager, it saves patients from several weeks of daily visits, and by having the technology local, it saves them from going to St Louis for treatment.

The two radiation therapy machines will feature SBRT, SRS, and Rapid Arc therapies as well as the conventional therapies of IMRT and 3-D Conformal.

Radiation oncologists, Drs. George Kao and Michael Little, will both now see patients at the new SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville exclusively.

“23 years ago, one of my patients told me, “Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day,’ said Kao. “I’ve remembered that quote watching this dream of the cancer center become real—a place where patients are treated with respect and kindness; and while getting best cancer treatment in the area.”

You’re invited to the Grand Unveiling of the region’s own comprehensive cancer center built for the community, by the community.

Friday, February 20at 11:30am – 6:30pm
1400 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL

Self-guided tours available during the open house. Ribbon cutting takes place at 12:30 pm.

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