Fact: The Siteman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and is ranked among the top cancer facilities in the nation by U.S. News & World Reports.
What this means to you: They provide a full range of cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive options led by specialists at the top of their field, many involved in leading-edge research on novel therapies.
Fact: The Joanne Knight Breast Health Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is one of the original Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence and interprets more than 50,000 exams annually.
What this means for you: The most up-to-date digital images and imaging techniques are read by specialists who only do breast imaging to get the information doctors need to accurately diagnose and treat your specific cancer.
Fact: The Breast Health Center is now an all-tomosynthesis site. Tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, captures images of the breast from multiple angles.
What this means for you: The call-back rate for additional scans has been reduced by up to 40 percent because they get all the views they need the first time.
Fact: Siteman pioneered the development of genomic testing for personalized, targeted breast cancer treatment.
What this means for you: Knowing the genetic make-up of your tumor yields important information about which treatments may be more effective and what won’t work, sparing needless complications.
Fact: Multidisciplinary care teams at Siteman provide nationally recognized expertise in diagnosis and treatment of your cancer.
What this means for you: In short, your doctors talk to each other, face-to-face on a weekly basis and plan the right care for you and your specific cancer.
Fact: Siteman clinicians are fully dedicated breast specialists in imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgery, seeing about 9,000 new cancer patients a year.
What this means for you: They are not generalists. They see only breast problems and they see many more of them than community practitioners.
Fact: Physicians at Siteman provide the greatest array and volume of breast reconstruction surgical options in the Midwest.
What this means for you: Depending on your situation and preferences, you may have reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy, at the same time as the cancer surgery or later.
Fact: Our radiologists, all of whom are affiliated with the internationally recognized Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, sub-specialize in comprehensive breast imaging.
What this means for you: One hundred percent of the time, these specialists are solely dedicated to interpreting breast imaging studies at the main hospital campus and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.
Fact: Research leaders at the Center have led the development of a potential vaccine for metastatic breast cancer.
What this means for you: Now in clinical trials for metastatic disease, it may in the future be given to anyone after a breast cancer diagnosis to prevent metastases or recurrences.
Fact: Siteman was the first center in the Midwest to use ultrasound-guided, high dose brachytherapy for the treatment of appropriate breast tumors.
What this means for you: Brachytherapy is intense internal radiation that goes to the site of the tumor, sparing skin and other susceptible organs and shortening treatment by weeks.
Fact: Siteman has more clinical trials than any other cancer center in the region, with around 350 studies currently available.
What this means for you: If your cancer needs a novel therapy, it is more likely to be available at Siteman than anywhere else in the area.
Fact: Siteman offers a novel breast conservation strategy that allows the performance of multiple lumpectomies for 2-3 small tumors instead of a full mastectomy.
What this means for you: If you are an appropriate candidate, cosmetic touch-ups for multiple tumors can preserve the breast.