Deborah J. Rufus, APN
Staff Education:Deb completed her undergraduate BSN in 1982, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She returned to school and completed her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner tract at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Peoria Campus in 1994. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?January 2009
Family Information:Deb is married to her husband Ed, a local Internist. They have 2 children, Ashley, currently a local pediatrician, and Daniel, a Palmer graduate chiropractor. She has lived in the Peoria area since 1986.
Hobbies / Interests:I enjoy spending time with my family and our multiple pets, reading, singing, traveling, and anything sports related! My husband Ed and I have two terrific kids and a beautiful grandson we adore.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?It is the multiple advancements in the therapies, the further understanding and improved management of side effects, and the wide open field of new research. Also, the emergence of individualized treatment plans and targeted therapies that extend life.
Why did you choose your field?I've been involved in Family Practice and Internal Medicine for over 36 years, and I enjoy the challenge of oncology where I can use my skills to further serve patients in our community. The strong sense of hope and purpose among the staff at Illinois CancerCare drew me to this position.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?I'm a Midwest girl at heart. My extended family still lives in the Midwest, and now my children and grandson are also here. Family is extremely important to me.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?Ask questions! You aren't alone. Reach out to every support available to you among your family, friends, church and health care team. Remember to take time every day to laugh and continue to live life to its fullest!