4.8 out of 5 (585 Ratings)

Life Beyond Cancer

You and your cancer are our focus, so when you walk out of our doors, your focus can be on living.

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t take away who you are. You’re a mom, a dad, a wife, a husband, a partner, grandparent, a sister, a brother, a neighbor, a valued employee, a business owner, an adventurer, a gardener, and/or a pet lover. And you’re so much more. Our goal is to help you restore your health, ease your pain, support you in your journey battling cancer, and to help you get back to doing the things — and being there for the people — you love. Our goal is to help you achieve life beyond cancer.

Every cancer is different. Once we have determined your exact diagnosis, we begin a plan for treatment. Treatment options vary from person to person. Your treatment plan will be specific to you and your cancer type. This plan may involve one or many types of treatment. Your doctor will meet with you to determine which options may be right for you.

Battling cancer is a journey that may require many visits with us. From physicians to nurses to other skilled providers and support staff, here you’ll find support from a team of people dedicated to giving you the care you need. We’re here to help you with all the challenges and decisions you may face.

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  • CARE TEAM

  • TREATMENT

  • SUPPORT SERVICES

  • BREAST CENTER

  • DIAGNOSIS

  • FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • SURVIVORSHIP

Getting in Touch with Us

We know you’ll have questions during and in between your appointments with us. Please call us anytime, our contact information is listed below.

  • Main Telephone Line

  • After Hours Telephone Line

  • Provider Nurses

    Dr. Ali – ext. 5563
    Dr. Brenneman – ext. 5505
    Dr. Ferraro – ext. 5505
    Dr. Khoury – ext. 5599
    Dr. Rizvi – ext. 5561
    Dr. Smith – ext. 5560
    Lisa Knuffman, AOCNP – ext. 5572
    Diana Veihl, NP – ext. 5572

  • Administration

    Director of Medical Oncology Services
    ext. 5569

    Clinical Research
    Coordinators

    ext. 5580 or 5581

  • Support Services

    Dietitian
    ext. 6288

    Oncology Social Worker
    ext. 3508

Frequently Asked Questions

I've received a cancer diagnosis. What's next?

Many times your primary care provider will refer you to one of our oncologists. Our oncology team will contact you directly to set up an appointment, or, in some cases, speak to your primary care provider with this information who will share the details of your appointment with you.

What happens at my first cancer appointment?

We welcome you to bring a family member, friend, or caregiver to your appointments. You may also want to bring a notebook to write information about your diagnosis, treatment, or any other questions you may have.

    1. When you arrive at QMG’s Cancer Institute you will check in with our receptionists at the front desk. You will need to ensure to bring a copy of your insurance card (medical and prescription).
    2.  Once you are checked in one of our nurses will bring you to a consultation or an exam room to go through the initial paperwork and information which includes:
      • New Patient Form: This form will ask for information regarding your medical history, surgical history, family history, and current medications.
      • Photo: Your nurse will capture your photo for patient verification purpose.
      • Release Form
      • Resource materials regarding your diagnosis
      • Information about our cancer care department and contact information to get in touch with us.
    3. If you are not already in an exam room, your nurse will take you to one. He or she will then complete your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, height, and weight). You may be asked to remove your shoes for your height and weight.
    4. Your doctor will come in next to meet you and talk to you further about your diagnosis.

What happens when I meet with the doctor?

When the doctor comes in to see you, he or she will explain your diagnosis and the details surrounding it. They will begin by explaining their recommendations for treatment, whether it be surgical intervention, chemotherapy/immunotherapy (infusion or oral), or radiation.

When to treatments start?

Start dates for your treatment depend on the location of your cancer, stage, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guideline recommendations.  Our Cancer Institute team follows these recommendations which are considered the gold standard in oncology. We do not begin treatments without insurance approval.

Can I bring someone with me to my treatments?

Yes, we want you to feel comfortable while here for your treatment. Visitors are limited to one visitor per patient in the treatment area. Exceptions to this are during teaching/education sessions and/or special circumstances. Other guidelines include:

  • Visitors must be at least 16 years old to enter the treatment area. Exceptions to this are during teaching/education sessions and/or special circumstances.
  • For your protection, pregnant women are not allowed in the infusion center, unless they are being treated.
  • View all our treatment guidelines here.

Our QMG Cancer Institute Team

M. Amjad Ali, MD

M. Amjad Ali, MD

4.8 out of 5 (170 Ratings, 84 Comments)

QMG Cancer Institute

Pinckneyville Community Hospital
Pittsfield, IL
James E. Cary Cancer Center
Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 277-4070

Randall Brenneman, MD, PhD

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 277-4070

Angela Duncan, FNP-BC

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 277-4070

Daniel Ferraro, MD, PhD

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 277-4070
Dr. Christian Khoury

Christian Khoury, MD

4.8 out of 5 (128 Ratings, 90 Comments)

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
Pittsfield, IL
Culbertson Memorial Hospital
Fort Madison Community Hospital Annex
Scotland County Hospital
(217) 277-4070
Lisa Knuffman, CNP

Lisa Knuffman, AOCNP

4.8 out of 5 (82 Ratings, 29 Comments)

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
Pittsfield, IL
(217) 277-4070

Wajeeha Rizvi, MD

4.8 out of 5 (58 Ratings, 41 Comments)

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
Pittsfield, IL
Culbertson Memorial Hospital
(217) 277-4070

Shari Robesky, MSW, LCSW

Behavioral Health, QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 222-6550, ext. 3418
Dr. Ray Smith

Raymond Smith, MD

4.8 out of 5 (205 Ratings, 131 Comments)

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
Pittsfield, IL
Fort Madison Community Hospital Annex
Scotland County Hospital
Pinckneyville Community Hospital
(217) 277-4070
Diana Veihl, CNP

Diana Veihl, NP

QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 277-4070

Brittany Winship, RD, LDN

Nutrition Services, QMG Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute & Surgery Center – 3301 Broadway, Quincy, IL
(217) 277-4070