Patient Messaging Service

* DDEC now offers a convenient HIPAA compliant, mobile phone texting solution to improve patient communication.
* Features include
* Pre-procedure appointment reminders
* Post procedure check ups
* Real time texting with patients
* Emergency Mass Communication

Simply provide your mobile phone number to receive text messages from DDEC!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

If you are 50 or older it is time to get screened!

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.  The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.  To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Digestive Disease Endoscopy Center is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.


Colorectal Cancer

Preventable, Treatable, Beatable®

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. This year, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,200 will die of the disease.

This cancer may be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be easily and successfully treated.

Risk Factors

You might be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer if you:

  • Are age 50 or older
  • Smoke or use tobacco
  • Are overweight or obese, especially if you carry fat around your waist
  • Are not physically active
  • Drink alcohol in excess (especially if you are a man)
  • Eat a lot of red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb, or a lot of processed meat, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts
  • Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps
  • Have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease


Early stages of colorectal cancer don’t usually have symptoms. Later on, people may have these symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the rectum or blood in or on the stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Stools that are more narrow than usual
  • General problems in the abdomen, such as bloating, fullness or cramps
  • Diarrhea, constipation or a feeling in the rectum that the bowel movement isn’t quite complete
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Being tired all the time
  • Vomiting

Early Detection

  • Begin getting screened at age 50.
  • If you are a high risk, talk to your health care professional about screening earlier and more often


  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes at least five days a week
  • Maintain a healthy weight and waist size
  • Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman or two drinks per day if you’re a man
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are good sources of fiber
  • Eat less red meat and cut out processed meat
  • Get screened according to guidelines



Colorectal Cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum. It is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

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“why should i get screened?”

Early-developing colon cancer often causes no symptoms. Screening can detect a problem you did not even know that you had. Approximately 80% of colon cancer cases have no prior family history and most have no symptoms.

80% By 2018

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is in March, but the fight against colon cancer, the 2nd deadliest cancer, continues all year long. DDEC was represented April 11th at the 3rd Annual Colorectal Collaborative Symposium held at the Community Cancer Center (CCC) in Normal, IL .  The meeting was sponsored by the American Cancer Society, SIU School of Medicine and CCC in support of the “80% by 2018” initiative. The goal of this movement is to have 80% of the eligible population screened for colon cancer by next year. Presently, 70.1% of suitable McLean County residents have had some form of a screening test.


The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) makes a distinction between colon cancer prevention screening (colonoscopy) and colon cancer detection screening (a stool test called FIT). You see, colon cancer is a sneaky disease in that it often doesn’t cause any symptoms until it gets large enough to either obstruct or bleed. Even then, the bleeding is usually occult; that means you can’t see it. We know most colon cancers begin as small growths called polyps. By removing polyps with colonoscopy, many colon cancers can be prevented.


We support FIT testing in someone who can’t or won’t undergo a screening colonoscopy. But why wait until your FIT test shows occult blood in your stool?  Wouldn’t you rather prevent a cancer from developing in the first place?


Most of all, we just want you to get screened. You do have a choice in this important decision. If you are over 50 and haven’t had your colonoscopy or annual FIT test yet, talk to your physician. Or call us at DDEC to schedule your colonoscopy today. Make sure you tell your doctor about any family members who have had colon cancer; screening usually starts earlier.


Help us reach 80% by 2018- it just might save your life.







March is Colorectal Cancer awareness month!

DDEC is excited to announce that we have pledged to help reach the national goal of having 80% of people screened by 2018.  We are among many organizations that are campaigning towards the same goal that was founded by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Join us in the fight by scheduling your Colon screening today.

1 out of 19 are diagnosed with colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. It’s highly treatable and preventable when discovered in its early stages.

Who should schedule a colon screening?

  • Anyone 50 years of age or older
  • Any change in bowel habits
  • Abdominal discomfort or bloating
  • Weight loss/change in appetite
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool


Contact our office today to schedule your colon screening! 309-268-3400





GERD Remedies

November 21st – November 27th is known nationally as GERD awareness week.

GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is a digestive disorder that causes heartburn and indigestion stemming from acid reflux. At some point we have all experienced heartburn. Heartburn is the result of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) allowing acid to flow back up the esophagus instead of continuing on to the stomach. There are some lifestyle changes that can be made in order to reduce the symptoms of GERD.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Avoiding tight fitting clothing around the abdomen.
  • Avoiding trigger foods and drinks. (Common triggers are: fatty and fried foods, tomato sauce, alcohol, chocolate, mint, garlic, onion, and caffeine may make heartburn worse.)
  • Smaller meals.
  • Avoid laying down directly after meals.
  • Elevate the head of your bed 6 to 9 inches.
  • Avoid smoking.



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Do you have a healthy colon?

Colon health is important to keep your digestive system on track. The main function of the colon is waste management. The large intestines job is to absorb water, electrolytes, and store the waste-products until eliminated. This process should take anywhere from a few hours up to 24 hours after a meal. Unfortunately, our body starts to absorb the toxins from the waste if it’s not eliminated properly.

How do you get a healthy colon, you ask?

1. Hydration:

Oral hydration is key to a healthy colon. We are naturally cleansing our body by drinking the recommended serving of water daily. When we are not hydrated properly we run the risk of fatigue, constipation, and toxins will start to accumulate in the colon.


2. Soluble Fiber

Fiber keeps our digestive track in motion. This is also a very important part of having a healthy colon. Some fiber rich foods include; flax seeds, fruit with skin, oats, barley, beans, asparagus, and avocado.

3. Exercise       exercice

Simply walking for 10-15 minutes a day can be valuable for your colon health. During exercise you increase blood flow and circulation which provides more oxygen to your GI (gastrointestinal system.)


4. Colonoscopies

After the age of 50, a colonoscopy is imperative in maintaining colon health. A colonoscopy is the first step towards prevention and early detection of colon cancer.






DDEC is an accredited ASC!

As August wraps up we’d like to share with you something exciting about the month! National ASC week was noticed from August 8th-12th and DDEC is recognized as an accredited ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Center). There are only 122 Medicare-Certified ASCs in Illinois and we are honored to be one of them! Being an ASC allows for quality patient care and patient satisfaction.

What are the benefits of being an ASC you ask?

-ASCs have saved Medicare $2.3 billion each year by doing some of the most common procedures outside of the hospital setting

-Patient convenience 

-Ability to focus on each individual’s particular needs

-Lower health care cost

-Reduced stress for patients

-More efficient scheduling to enable shorter length of stay

-Comfortable and safe environment

ASCs continue to lead innovation in outpatient surgical care. The ASC industry has shown itself to be ahead of the curve in identifying promising avenues for improving delivery of health care.

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DDEC business office staff

Volunteer Appreciation


DDEC would like to thank all of our Volunteer staff. Our facility was honored to have a group of extraordinarily helpful Junior Volunteers from the Summer 2016 program. From clerical work to helping the nursing staff, your time is greatly appreciated!


Pictured above is DDEC staff with one of the Volunteers. Left to right: Chandal Gualandri-Business Office, Cindy Durham- RN, CGRN, Administrator/ Director of Nursing, Tana-Pre-Med Student/Volunteer, and Kayla Demlow LPN.


Pictured above is DDEC staff with one of the Volunteers. Left to right: Cindy Durham- RN, CGRN, Administrator/ Director of Nursing, Carrie Fannin- Business Office Supervisor, and Tana-Pre-Med Student/Volunteer.

Digestive friendly recipes


Celiac disease is a digestive problem that some people have with foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a type of protein that’s found in the grains wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (a wheat-rye cross). For people with Celiac disease not following a gluten free diet can create issues with the small intestine. When you have this disease and you eat food with gluten in it, the gluten triggers an immune response that can affect the absorption of nutrients.  

Browse these delicious gluten free recipes that will aid in better digestive health!     

Gluten-Free Carrot and Date Muffins recipe 1A


• 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped

• 1 cup chopped pitted dates

• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

• 1/4 cup melted virgin coconut or high-heat sunflower oil

• 2 eggs, lightly beaten

• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

• 3/4 cup amaranth flour or millet flour

• 3/4 cup ground almond flour

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or oil with natural cooking spray and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place carrots and dates in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse and then blend until finely chopped. Add walnuts and pulse to finely chop. Transfer to a bowl; add oil, eggs and maple syrup, stir to combine completely. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining dry ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Info: Per Serving: 240 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 16g sugar), 6g protein.

Recipe courtesy of: recipe 1

recipe 2AGluten-Free Pancakes Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional


In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, potato starch, almonds, sugar, baking powder and salt.In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, butter and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips if desired.Pour batter by 1/4 cupful’s onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Yield: 12 pancakes.

Nutritional Facts : 2 each: 242 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 464mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 fat

Recipe courtesy of:recipe 2