PEORIA — UnityPoint Health's newly opened Suspicion of Cancer Clinic is the first in central Illinois and only the second in the nation, according to the medical group.

The clinic, located in the Methodist Atrium building, 900 Main St., is a collaboration between UnityPoint Health and Illinois CancerCare to quickly and efficiently guide prospective cancer patients through the testing process.

“The number of providers and care teams patients need to navigate screenings and treatment options is overwhelming. Our goal is to help patients have access to cancer treatment sooner," said Anne Bowman, director of oncology. "Instead of patients having to contact several different care teams on their own, they receive one on one attention and communication from the clinic’s provider.”

Dr. Shawn Seibert of Illinois CancerCare is the provider at the clinic. Primary care providers from all the health systems can refer patients with abnormal imaging results to the clinic. Most patients have had a suspicious finding for lung, liver or pancreatic cancers.

“Every minute counts to help patients receive the treatment they need. Delays in receiving treatment can impact survival rate, specifically with certain lung cancers. Dr. Seibert coordinates all the medical needs of each patient. We also have a team in the clinic dedicated to monitoring the status of each patient’s care plan to ensure they receive care in a timely manner,” said Bowman.

In addition to medical support, the site is also staffed with an oncology psychosocial services specialist who can arrange counseling, transportation assistance, help with finances and any other needs a patient may have.

“She is available to patients throughout their whole diagnosis and treatment process. Our department is committed to treat the whole person, not just their cancer. And it’s rewarding for everyone in our team. It’s awesome to be able to make the difference we do and help patients live long and healthy lives,” said Bowman.