Cancer Care

    Overview

    At SIU Medicine, hematology and oncology housed within Simmons Cancer Institute. The team here is dedicated to supporting our patients through their cancer journey. At Simmons Cancer Institute, we practice the team approach to cancer care. This means that our patients’ cancer treatment plans are formed collectively by our team of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, counselors, and chemotherapy certified medical staff. These plans are tailored to each patient. The multidisciplinary team approach to patient treatment provides a higher quality of care for both the patient and their families.

    Commitment to our patients is strengthened through our participation in clinical trials and basic science research. Clinical trials test or compare new treatments with current standard treatments, to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat cancer. Basic science researchers work toward discoveries in cancer biology that will further lead to better detection, treatment, and prevention options in the future. The combination of the team approach with research advancements leads to improved care for our patients and their families.

    Our multidisciplinary team of oncologists and health care professionals care for a wide variety of cancer cases and treatments for patients in central and southern Illinois. Each member of our cancer care team brings their expertise to different aspects of the patient’s disease process and treatment options.

    Breast Center

    The Breast Center at SIU Medicine provides comprehensive care crafted to meet each patient’s unique needs. Our specialists are trained in all aspects of breast health including breast cancer, benign breast conditions, breast reconstruction and genetic testing for breast cancer. 
    A multidisciplinary team will design your cancer treatment plan using expert, evidence-based research. Breast center patients benefit from having access to innovative treatment options including the latest in precision radiation. You may also benefit from inclusion in one of our clinical trials to advance breast cancer care for others.

    The goal of your treatment plan is to remove the cancer and stop it from coming back or spreading. The plan will be based on your health and the stage and type of cancer. One or more approaches may be used.

    Options include: 

    • Surgery to remove as much cancer as possible
    • External or internal radiation therapy 
    • Chemotherapy drugs taken orally, by injection or intravenously
    • Medicines, such as:
      • Biological therapy to train or boosts the immune system to fight cancer
      • Targeted therapy—special antibodies are made to help attack cancer cells. These may keep cancer cells from growing and spreading, or kill them directly.
      • Hormone-blocking therapy—to slow or stop growth in certain types of breast cancer. The medication is taken over an extended time to help prevent recurrence.

    Surgical Services

    Focusing on the surgical management of benign and malignant tumors.

    • Breast surgery
    • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Colorectal surgery
    • Gynecologic oncology
    • Surgical oncology
    • Urology

    Types of cancer

    • Anal cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Colon cancer
    • Gastrointestinal cancer
    • Genitourinary cancer
    • Gynecologic cancer
    • Head and Neck cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Lung cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Myeloma
    • Neurologic/Oncology
    • Prostate cancer
    • Rectal cancer

    Our doctors

    Provider

    Edem Agamah, MD

    Oncologist Cancer Care, Internal Medicine
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic B Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Amanda Clouser, FNP-C

    Nurse Practitioner Internal Medicine, Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Jeffrey Cozzens, MD

    Neurosurgeon Neurosurgery, Cancer Care
    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Traves Crabtree, MD

    Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cancer Care, General Surgery
    315 W. Carpenter St. 2nd Floor, Clinic C Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Dodie Gazda, ANP-BC

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic B Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Ruchika Goel, MD

    Hematologist Internal Medicine, Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Anthony Grasch, PA-C

    Certified Physician Assistant Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. 2nd Floor, Clinic C Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Stephen Hazelrigg, MD

    Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic A Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Mohammad Hussain, MD

    Hematologist/Oncologist Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Pardis Javadi, MD

    Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgery, Cancer Care
    720 N. Bond Street Springfield , IL 62702
    Provider

    Aziz Khan, MD

    Executive Director of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic B Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Robert Mocharnuk, MD

    Director of The Breast Center Cancer Care
    400 Caldwell St. Staunton, IL 62088
    Provider

    V. Prasad Poola, MD

    Program Director, General Surgery Residency Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic A Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    William Pyle, MD

    Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cancer Care
    Provider

    Jan Rakinic, MD

    Colorectal Surgeon Cancer Care, General Surgery
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic A Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Krishna Rao, MD

    Oncologist Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic B Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Arun Sharma, MD

    Surgical Oncologist Head and Neck Surgery, Cancer Care
    720 N. Bond Street Springfield , IL 62702
    Provider

    William S. Stevens, Jr., MD

    Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cancer Care
    619 E. Mason St. 5th Floor Springfield, IL 62701
    Provider

    Megan Strohm, NP-C

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Internal Medicine, Cancer Care
    315 W. Carpenter St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Emily Sturm, MD

    Surgical Oncologist Cancer Care, General Surgery
    315 W. Carpenter St. 2nd Floor, Clinic C Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Clare Zimmerman, MD

    Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Pediatrics, Cancer Care
    400 N. 9th Street Floor 3 Springfield, IL 62702

    Why SIU

    Continually learning

    With a focus on continual improvement, our doctors take the time to research, study and innovate to provide the latest treatments for our patients.

    Patient-first experience

    Our care ranges from primary care physicians to specialists and sub-specialists who have advanced training. We're here for you when you need us.

    Breakthrough technology

    Continually teaching the next generation of doctors, our physicians use the latest developments in procedures and technologies for our patients.

    Our Locations

    Place

    SIU Cancer Care at Passavant Area Hospital

    1600 W. Walnut St. 2nd Floor, East Bldg Jacksonville, IL 62650
    Mon - Fri: 10:00 am-3:30 pm
    Place

    SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Prairie Heart Institute

    619 E. Mason St. 5th Floor Springfield, IL 62701
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
    Place

    SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute

    315 W. Carpenter St. 2nd Floor, Clinic C Springfield, IL 62702
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
    Place

    SIU Colorectal Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute

    315 W. Carpenter St. 1st Floor Clinic A Springfield, IL 62702
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
    Place

    SIU Neurosurgery Clinic

    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
    Place
    Place

    SIU Surgical Oncology at Simmons Cancer Institute

    315 W. Carpenter St. 2nd Floor, Clinic C Springfield, IL 62702
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

    About

    At SIU Medicine, hematology and oncology housed within Simmons Cancer Institute. The team here is dedicated to supporting our patients through their cancer journey. At Simmons Cancer Institute, we practice the team approach to cancer care. This means that our patients’ cancer treatment plans are formed collectively by our team of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, counselors, and chemotherapy certified medical staff. These plans are tailored to each patient. The multidisciplinary team approach to patient treatment provides a higher quality of care for both the patient and their families.

    Commitment to our patients is strengthened through our participation in clinical trials and basic science research. Clinical trials test or compare new treatments with current standard treatments, to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat cancer. Basic science researchers work toward discoveries in cancer biology that will further lead to better detection, treatment, and prevention options in the future. The combination of the team approach with research advancements leads to improved care for our patients and their families.

    Our multidisciplinary team of oncologists and health care professionals care for a wide variety of cancer cases and treatments for patients in central and southern Illinois. Each member of our cancer care team brings their expertise to different aspects of the patient’s disease process and treatment options.

    Breast Center

    The Breast Center at SIU Medicine provides comprehensive care crafted to meet each patient’s unique needs. Our specialists are trained in all aspects of breast health including breast cancer, benign breast conditions, breast reconstruction and genetic testing for breast cancer. 
    A multidisciplinary team will design your cancer treatment plan using expert, evidence-based research. Breast center patients benefit from having access to innovative treatment options including the latest in precision radiation. You may also benefit from inclusion in one of our clinical trials to advance breast cancer care for others.

    The goal of your treatment plan is to remove the cancer and stop it from coming back or spreading. The plan will be based on your health and the stage and type of cancer. One or more approaches may be used.

    Options include: 

    • Surgery to remove as much cancer as possible
    • External or internal radiation therapy 
    • Chemotherapy drugs taken orally, by injection or intravenously
    • Medicines, such as:
      • Biological therapy to train or boosts the immune system to fight cancer
      • Targeted therapy—special antibodies are made to help attack cancer cells. These may keep cancer cells from growing and spreading, or kill them directly.
      • Hormone-blocking therapy—to slow or stop growth in certain types of breast cancer. The medication is taken over an extended time to help prevent recurrence.

    Surgical Services

    Focusing on the surgical management of benign and malignant tumors.

    • Breast surgery
    • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Colorectal surgery
    • Gynecologic oncology
    • Surgical oncology
    • Urology

    Types of cancer

    • Anal cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Colon cancer
    • Gastrointestinal cancer
    • Genitourinary cancer
    • Gynecologic cancer
    • Head and Neck cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Lung cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Myeloma
    • Neurologic/Oncology
    • Prostate cancer
    • Rectal cancer