Illinois CancerCare expanding

By WEEK Producer

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Dr. Francois Geoffroy is looking forward to next year at this time. That's when a 20,000 square foot expansion of Illinois CancerCare is expected to be completed.

Located in north Peoria on Route 91, the facility treats roughly 10,000 patients each year, a number that's rapidly growing.

"I think well over 3,000 new patients per year," said Dr. Geoffroy, "and we anticipate that number will grow by probably 20 to 25 percent by the year 2020."

The project will include expanded research facilities and administrative offices, as well as renovations to a large portion of the existing structure. The current entrance will be widened for easier patient access.

Its all designed to provide what project manager Peg Ramsey calls cutting edge treatment.

"(The doctors) are known nationally. They have a very good reputation and anyone should feel comfortable bringing their loved ones here to be treated for cancer," Ramsey said.

Construction is taking place right behind the current building, which opened just 9 years ago.

Dr. Geoffroy says the additional operating space will expedite diagnosis and treatment.

"Referrals here for lung cancer will go to three or four physicians who spend a significant amount of time treating just lung cancer and are able to stay up to date on the latest technologies," said Geoffroy. That's enhanced by our ability to get people on clinical trials that allow us to target those latest discoveries."

And that's something to build on.