The Lastest on the SIH Cancer Center

For too long, many cancer patients and their families have had a perception that they need to travel long distances to receive the care they need. The Cancer Center brings patients, doctors and services under one roof for greater efficiency and quality of service for everyone involved in this medical journey of cancer treatment.

Please check back often for the latest developments on SIH Cancer Center.

Inspiring Hope Through Art

Art Contest
Calling all artists and photographers. Your commissioned work could inspire hope and healing by being displayed at the new comprehensive cancer center in Carterville.

Our goal is to design the cancer center in a way that promotes health and healing for our cancer patients. Your art could be a part of that vision

Join us for a special preview of the cancer center.

Tuesday, January 28
5:30pm to 6:30 pm
SIH System Office
University Mall, Carbondale

  • Find out how to submit a proposal.
  • Join us for a virtual tour of the center.
  • Get a feel for how you can blend your artistry with our vision.
  • Learn more about this unique opportunity.

RSVP Requested: 866.744.2468
Please share with other artists & photographers

You can still submit art even if you cannot make the event. Download the Artist Packet with all necessary information.

What is the Cancer Registry?

One department that will be newly located at the SIH Cancer Institute is the Cancer Registry.

What is the Cancer Registry?

Local Cancer Registries funnel data into the Illinois State Cancer Registry and the Commission on Cancer National Cancer Data Base.

With this information, doctors and researchers can use the data to learn more about cancer. The data helps point to causes, trends in various populations, patterns of occurrence and more. This then helps them make treatment choices and helps give direction for public health initiatives. Continue reading

Radiation Oncology Vault Work

Preparing the Vaults

One key service that will be located at the new cancer center is radiation oncology. This integral form of cancer treatment uses radiation to kill cancer cells. Because radiation is used, special treatment “vaults” must be created to accommodate.

Pictured here is the intricate groundwork needed to prepare the cancer center for this kind of treatment. Here are some interesting facts about this area:

  1. Each vault has an area of 1450 square feet.
  2. The vaults must be entirely formed of concrete, including walls, floor and roof.
  3. Calculations for wall thickness take into account things like, number of patients treated per day, photon energy of the equipment and the adjacent spaces.
  4. The concrete used must have a density of 147 pounds per cubic foot.
  5. The thickest vault door weighs 4,709 pounds.
  6. Penetrations through the walls for air conditioning must be specially designed using a maze in order to limit radiation.

Continue reading

Cancer Center Receives State Approval

Certificate of Need Application met with Unanimous Support

In May, Southern Illinois Healthcare received unanimous approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in Chicago to build the region’s first freestanding cancer center.

The approval came on the heels of overwhelming regional support for the 42,000 square foot facility to be located on Route 13 in Carterville on 15 acres of wooded property just west of John A. Logan College. Continue reading

Groundbreaking Set!

Friday, October 4
11:00 am

If you’ve been a survivor, a supporter, a donor, an employee; the SIH Cancer Institute invites you to join us for the groundbreaking of our new comprehensive cancer center.

We intend to celebrate this exciting move forward in providing exceptional cancer care in a place where healing and hope can happen under one roof. A place where patients can disregard the burden of travel so they can concentrate on what’s important…fighting cancer.