Sarah Bush Lincoln to open cancer center

MATTOON - Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board members have approved plans for Sarah Bush Lincoln to build a freestanding cancer center in Mattoon.

The $15.8 million cancer center proposal was approved by review board members during a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday.  Construction on the new center will begin on April 15, with construction expected to last 18 months.  

Officials say the new 21,000-square-foot facility will be built on the front lawn of the Sarah Bush Lincoln campus, and will feature 17 individual chemotherapy areas.  The facility will also contain medical oncology, radiation therapy, exam rooms, physician work areas, a clinical laboratory, a pharmacy, shared patient support, educational programs, support groups, administrative offices, and a cancer resource center.

In addition, Sarah Bush Lincoln officials say the facility will be involved in drug trials with the University of Illinois - Chicago, increasing the number of treatment options for individuals with hard-to-treat cancers.

The proposed facility will serve cancer patients in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby, Crawford, Effingham, and Jasper Counties.

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